Goes Ashore in Europe:
to see & things to do
were the first to discover the area that is now Ajaccio, the
renowned birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Set on a sunny bay surrounded by citrus groves, olive trees,
and vineyards, Ajaccio is bursting with history and cultural
imposing hexagonal Citadel located on wide promontory over the city
dominates cruisers’ first glimpse of Ajaccio.
Visitors are often surprised by the ordinary outward
appearance of Maison Bonaparte, Napolean’s home in Ajaccio;
however, Francophiles enjoy the two sumptuous rooms that display his
death mask and other memorabilia in the Town Hall’s Napoleon
to the Cathedral where Napolean was baptized find a beautiful
Delacroix painting and time for reflection before encountering a
huge bronze statue of Corsica’s favorite native son on the
At the heart of the
city, Place Foch is a beautiful oblong square shaded by palm trees
and surrounded by small restaurants.
Travelers savor a bit of respite here in view of the cooling
wines, olive oils, and French fashions top the lists of shoppers who
head for stores and boutiques along Cours Napoleon and Rue Cardinal
Beach is in the center of Ajaccio and cruisers find it a refreshing
spot for a dip in the cool clear Mediterranean waters.
Ports of Call