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Citadelle de Calvi, Calvi

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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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  • Well-preserved fortifications – you have to wonder what life was like way back then. Walking through the steep winding cobbled streets, the little houses and churches are quaint. The views of Calvi...  more »
  • Every city in Corsica has (and needed?) one. This one is quite impressive perched on the rocks above the port. Small cobbled streets to wander through with some great views.  more »
  • The old citadel with many small tourist shops and restaurants. Nice view to the city and Porto. The most interesting places are marked with a sequence numbers. The entrance with car only with a special permit. There is a huge parking in the city near the entrance. The price in shops is definitely higher as usual.
  • Fantastic place. Very nice view over all of Calvi. Did you know that Marco Polo was born in Calvi? He was not from Genoa as many stories goes and are told. He was born here.. Most parts of the Castle (Citadelle) is being renovated so some parts might be difficult to approach. Nice afternoon outing.
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