The Villages of Corsica
This pleasant half-day Land Adventure winds through some of the island's most picturesque villages and landscapes, and, also allows for some free time to walk through one of the islands most charming villages. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the island beyond the lovely port of Calvi. A more detailed description is shown below. Start out with a drive through the Balagne region as you travel along a scenic road that takes you through Calenzana, a village overlooking some of the most fertile land on the island. The lively village centre is built around the Piazza Communa, a pleasant tree lined square dominated by the heavily Baroque Eglise St Blaise founded in 1691. From there continue on to the Romanesque "Chapelle de Santa Restituta," an important pilgrimage site in Corsica. The road then snakes leisurely through several more villages, such as Zilia and Cassano as you enjoy lovely views along the way. Arriving in Lunghignano, we stop for a visit of a donkey-pulled olive oil mill and enjoy a sampling of the product. Then, in Montemaggiore, admire the view from the foot of the baroque church of Saint Augustin before exploring its 17thcentury artistic treasures and impressive organ. Onward enjoy the views from Col de Salvi and Cateri -with its flowered balconies, and San Antonino where we pause for a welcome local snack for you to taste the local bread, cheese, and sausage along with a glass of wine or soft drink. Finally pass the interesting church of Aregno with its multi-colour walls and unique sculptures before stopping in Ile Rousse where free time is afforded for browsing. After having explored this charming village return to Calvi.
Notes: This land adventure includes approximately one hour of walking (flat and uphill) over very uneven terrain and rough ground including cobblestones. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Villages visited may change based on traffic in high season.
Port: Calvi, Corsica
Duration: 4 hours
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