From Propriano, go as far as Sartène, “the most authentically Corsican town” as Prosper Mérimée wrote. As capital of the Terra dei Signori, the high facades of the houses with their thick walls stand like ramparts where the echoes of history are heard.
On Good Friday, the old town provides the setting for the impressive Catenacciu procession during which a citizen disguised in a red hooded robe re-enacts Christ’s struggle to get the cross to Calvary.
His feet are wrapped in chains and he carries a cross weighing more than 30 kilos. The event takes place in atmosphere of fervour and passion.
At Sartène, take time to stroll around the old town. Stop for a coffee in the Place de la Libération, explore the church of Sainte-Marie, the former palace of the Genoese governors and the Santa Anna quarter with its grey granite cobbled streets.
Visit the fascinating museum on Corsican Prehistory that displays artefacts from all of the prehistoric sites on the island. The watchtower at Campomoro, built in 1583 is also worth a visit. Located in a vast protected area where the wild coastline contains many small coves. Visit the town of Olmeto where you can see the house of Colomba Bartoli and Fozzano, the place where the terrible vendetta began that was to inspire Prosper Mérimée’s “Colomba”.
Lastly, at Foce that has a very impressive fortified house, the viewpoint commands superb panoramic views over the Gulf of Valinco. A little further on, you will find Santa Maria where you can explore the Roman church of “l’Annunziata” that is set among the olive groves.
The megalithic sites at Palaggio and the 250 monoliths, I Stantari of Cauria, the Fontanaccia dolmen, the most beautiful in Corsica, and lastly Filitosa with its menhir statues that are spread over a magnificent area.
The Genoese bridge of Spin’a Cavallu, is perhaps the most beautiful in Corsica. Make the most of a visit there to swim in the Fiumicicoli. Explore the castle of Istria at Sollacaro and the castle of Rocca di Valle at Olmeto.
The wines with an AOC (guarantee of origin) produced in Sartène along the Wine Routes (to be followed with moderation). Why not try the different types of olive oil in one of the many mills in the region.
Also try brucciu cheese, local cakes and pastries, Pulenta (with a flour base), charcuterie of Tasso, and of course a wide variety of seafood.
Source (AGENCE DU TOURISME)