Talasani and surroundings


The village

Talasani could be described as a fairly typical Castagniccia village. In the mountains, within sight of the sea, and enjoying a mild microclimate, it is pleasant all year round.

It has a baroque church and some interesting historical connections, but its main assets are its peace and quiet and magnificent scenery which surrounds it.

That peace and quiet is disturbed at least once a year, for a week in late summer, when Talasani forms the centre of the Settembrinu music festival.

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History

Talasani belongs to the piève Tavagna, which was occupied by the Turks in 1541 and burned by the Genoese in 1565.

Luigi Giafferi (1668-1748) It was the birthplace of Luiggi Giafferi (1668-1748), fighter for Corsican independence alongside Ghjacintu Paoli (the father of Pascal Paoli), elected Général de la Nation in 1730, and Prime Minister under King Theodore.

It was also the birthplace of at least two poets: Gian Paolo Borghetti (1816-1897) and Petru Borghetti (1894-1927).


Situation

Talasani (altitude 330m.) lies at the top of a green and peaceful valley stretching four kilometres down to the sea and filled with chestnut trees and evergreen cork oaks. Because the surrounding hills protect the valley from most winds, it enjoys a microclimate where the temperature generally remains mild even in the depths of winter.

Signposted paths allow easy exploration of the area, but even the roads between Talsani and the surrounding villages are quiet enough to make walking a pleasant experience. You're quite likely to meet goats and cows on the road, but if you're very lucky you may even see a wild boar: there are plenty of them in the valley, even if they are a bit shy.

Talasani L'église de St.Jean Baptiste Some of the local residents


La Castagniccia

La Castagniccia, Corsica's chestnut-growing region, deserves its reputation as the greenest part of the island. It was for centuries also the most prosperous and highly populated part. All that's changed now, but the area has been left with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Narrow roads and donkey tracks connect innumerable picturesque mountain villages, most of them containing baroque churches and offering magnificent views down towards the Costa Verde.

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Local places of interest

Cascade de l'Ucelluline (12 km)

The road between San-Nicolao and Santa-Maria-Poghju passes through some of the most dramatic scenery in this part of the island. Two tunnels and a high stone bridge take you past the waterfall of l'Ucelluline, a wonderful place to cool off on a hot summer's day.

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A Porta (25 km)

The most interesting feature of this picturesque mountain village (once capital of the Castagniccia region) is the 17th. Century parish church, with its baroque façade and its amazing church tower dating from 1720.

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Penta di Casinca (19 km)

Classified since 1973 as "Site Pittoresque du Département de la Corse", the historic mountain village of Penta di Casinca is renowned for its well-preserved architecture, its panoramic views, and its parish church with square bell tower dating from 1695.

For more information visit the official site.

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Orezza (30 km)

The Orezza thermal waters with their rich iron content have been appreciated since Roman times, and in the 19th. century health establishments were set up and Orezza became a popular spa resort.

Today the water is bottled and exported throughout the world. The Orezza site, open to the public, is a beautiful example of 19th. century industrial architecture, set in the midst of the Castagniccia chestnut forest.

For more information visit the official site.

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The A.D.E.C.E.C. museum (20 km)

The A.D.E.C.E.C. museum at Cervione, housed in the old seminary and palace of the bishops of Aleria, offers mainly information on Corsican archaeology, history, ethnography, culture and religious art.

For more information visit the official site.

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Pascal Paoli Museum (36 km)

The Musée départmental Pascal Paoli in Merusaglia (Morosaglia) is devoted to Pascal Paoli (1725-1807), the leader of Corsica during its period of independence in the 18th. century, and probably the world's best-known Corsican (except for a certain Monsieur Bonaparte, perhaps). Situated in the house of his birth, it also contains his remains, moved here from Westminster Abbey, London, in 1889.

The museum doesn't have a web site, but you should be able to find all necessary practical information here and here.



Beaches

Figaretto (8 km)

Our nearest beach. It's sandy, and doesn't get too crowded even in summer.

Figaretto Figaretto

Linguizzetta (30 km)

At more than 4 kilometers long, it's one of Europe's longest naturist beaches.

Linguizzetta Linguizzetta

Bravone (30 km)

Unusually for this part of Corsica, the coast at Bravone is rocky, with lots of small coves and beaches.

Bravone Bravone


Walking

Only 250 years ago there were hardly any roads in Corsica - travel was either along the coast by boat, or by horse, mule and donkey over a network of tracks going from village to village. Many of these old tracks now allow visitors a wonderful opportunity to discover Corsica on foot, avoiding most modern roads and traffic. The area around Maison Borghetti is no exception, and many signposted paths connect Talasani with the surrounding villages.

As well as the official paths, we can show you plenty of other local walks which are well worth doing. Large-scale IGN maps of the area are available on request.

Walks around Talasani - click for a more detailed map

Some of our favorite walks are…


Restaurants

There is a restaurant within walking distance of Maison Borghetti (1,5 km.), open every day during the summer but only on Thursday to Sunday out of season, and in summer another one in the village (every day, five minutes walk). There are also restaurants at Moriani Plage (8km.) and Folelli (9km.).


Distances to facilities

Sea 8 km. Figaretto
Tennis 8 km. Tennis Club de la Costa Verde,
Moriani Plage
20230 San Nicolao,
téléphone : 0495 38 55 10,
mail: tc.costaverde@cegetel.net
Horse-riding 8 km. Les Ecuries de la Costa Verde
Moriani Plage
Walking 0 km. click for more information
River 4,5 km. Pont de l'Enfer
Swimming pool 43 km. PISCINE DU FANGO
Avenue Jean Zuccarelli
20200 BASTIA
téléphone : 0495 32 42 15

PISCINE LA CARBONITE
Route front mer
20600 BASTIA
téléphone : 0495 33 56 62

Golf 26 km. Bastia Golf Club
Station 20 km. Casamozza
Shops 9 km. Folelli, Moriani Plage