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Set on a limestone promontory, the massive fortified Citadelle de Calvi offers panoramic views of the bay. Built by Genoese governors in 1450, the citadel has fended off quite a few major assaults throughout the centuries, including Franco-Turkish invaders and Anglo-Corsican soldiers. Engraved in marble on the porch, "Civitas Calvi Semper Fidelis" means that Calvi inhabitants are loyal to Genoa, an ironic statement because the French controlled the island--in alignment with the Turkish people. Go inside the battlements to see the governor's residence and the 13th-century Cathédrale St-Jean Baptiste that contains the celebrated "Christ des Miracles" relic made from ebony. Stroll the citadel's five bastions, each offering seascape views of Corsica's legendary calm waves. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Citadelle de Calvi by using our Calvi day trip planner.
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A lovely place to simply walk in the historic center of Calvi. This is defintely a place to visit when in Calvi.
A lovely place to simply walk in the historic center of Calvi. This is defintely a place to visit when in Calvi. more »
Absolutely worth the walk up. Strolling around the little streets was a pleasure and the views of Calvi were amazing. Walk up, you won't regret it.
Absolutely worth the walk up. Strolling around the little streets was a pleasure and the views of Calvi were amazing. Walk up, you won't regret it. more »
Definitely worth the climb up the steps to wander around the narrow cobbled streets of the Citadel & enjoy the panoramic views of the city. A few little hidden away bars, restaurants and shops and some breezy areas to cool you in the summer sun.
This citadel is full of history, offering the chance of the doing a self-paced tour of the various buildings within the citadel. There’s lots of bars, restaurants and cafés around. Would recommend visiting it in the morning as the afternoon can get quite hot within its walls.
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