Ajaccio Tourist Attractions

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Ajaccio (pronounced Azhaksiä in French, Ayácho in Italian), the largest town in Corsica, lies half-way down the west coast of the island in the Gulf of Ajaccio, surrounded by mountains which have a covering of snow right into summer. The town was founded by the Genoese in 1492, and is the capital of Corsica. Its harbor is second in size only to that of Bastia and it also has an airport. Its situation, beautiful beaches and mild climate (average winter temperature 13.3 C/56 F) attract large numbers of visitors.

Bonaparte House

In Ajaccio, not far to the south of the Town Hall, in Rue St-Charles, is the Maison Bonaparte, in which Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769, the son of a family which originally came from Lombardy and Tuscany. The house contains furniture of the period, weapons, portraits and family documents.
Address: Rue St Charles, F-20000 Ajaccio, France

Napoleonic Museum

In Ajaccio, opening out from the harbor is the Place du Maréchal-Foch, studded with palms and plane-trees. On the north side of the square is the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall, 1826), which houses the Musée Napoléonien, containing mementos of the Bonaparte family, mainly pictures and a collection of orders and medals.
Address: 50 rue Fesch, F-20000 Ajaccio, France

Notre-Dame de la Miséricorde

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Miséricorde, dedicated to the town of Ajaccio's patroness, known as La Madunuccia, was consecrated in 1593. In the first chapel on the left is a painting by Eugène Delacroix (1796-1863), "Du Sacré Côur".

Place de Gaulle

The center of Ajaccio is the spacious Place de Gaulle, with an equestrian statue of Napoleon and his four brothers (1865 by Viollet le-Duc); there are fine views from the terrace.

Cours Napoléon

Running north from the Place de Gaulle square is Ajaccio's main shopping street, the Cours Napoléon.

Palais Fesch

In Ajaccio, in Rue Fesch, which runs parallel to the Cours Napoléon on the east, is the Palais Fesch. In the Imperial Chapel is the mausoleum of Napoleon's mother and other members of the family and also that of Cardinal Fesch (1763-1839).
Address: 50 rue Fesch, F-20000 Ajaccio, France

Fesch Museum

On the first floor of the Palais Fesch in Ajaccio is the Musée Fesch, which houses a collection of 14th-19th C. Italian paintings. The Baciocchi Collection contains works by Dutch, Flemish and French painters.
Address: 50 rue Fesch, F-20000 Ajaccio, France

Bandera Museum

In Ajaccio, in Rue General Levie lies the Musée A Bandera, a museum which illustrates the eventful and warlike history of Corsica and other Mediterranean islands.
Address: 1 rue du général Levie, F-20000 Ajaccio, France

Ajaccio Festivals

The annual Festival of Notre Dame de la Miséricorde is held in March in Ajaccio. The Festival of St Erasmus is held in June. Napoleon's Bithday is commemorated August 15.

Surroundings

Punta de la Parata

A beautiful coast road runs west from Ajaccio for 2.5km/1.5mi to the Chapelle des Grecs (1632), and then passes a cemetery containing numerous small domed tombs (a type reminiscent of Moslem models) belonging to leading citizens of Ajaccio. At the end of the road is the Punta de la Parata, with the Tour de la Parata, one of the 90 or so Genoese watchtowers scattered round the island. From the tower there are magnificent views, particularly of the four uninhabited islands known as the Iles Sanguinaires.

Ajaccio Gulf

It is worth taking a trip down the coast road to the south of the town to view the beautiful Gulf of Ajaccio.

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