Voyage to the Birthplace of Napoleon

While he may have been notoriously small, Napoléon left a huge mark on his hometown of Ajaccio. The diminutive dictator’s presence is visible throughout the city in everything from his childhood home, the Maison Bonaparte, to museums like Salon Napoléonien, seaside statues, and street names.

But history buffs aren’t the only ones who will find plenty to see and do in Ajaccio. Art lovers will want to head to the Palais Fesch Musée de Beaux Arts to see the largest collection of Italian Renaissance Paintings in France (outside of the Louvre, of course). And foodies should check out the main market on Boulevard du Roi Jerome for myrtle and plum liqueurs, melt-in-your-mouth beignets (sugared donuts), and brocciu, a type of pungent cheese.

On the trendy route de Sanguinaires, stock up on French beauty secrets found in the many apothecaries and traditional pharmacies. (Spoiler alert: We think it probably has something to do with the handmade soaps and lotions made from fragrant herbs like honeysuckle, lavender, and thyme.)

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See Ajaccio’s 16th century cathedral, dedicated to ‘La Madonuccia’, or Little Madonna, the city’s patron saint. It houses the painting by Eugéne Delacroix, Virgin of the Sacred Heart.

Located to the right of the main entrance is Napoleon Bonaparte’s baptismal font, where he was baptized in July of 1771.


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Explore the house where Napoleon was born and raised. A plaque above the entrance signifies Napoleon’s birth on August 15, 1769.

On display are family portraits, period furniture, and memorabilia.

Prunelli Gorges Tour

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Prunelli Gorges Tour

Prunelli Gorges Tour

Head to the mountains, learning about Corsican history, geography, and traditions.

Created by the Prunelli River and situated in the island’s vast pine and beech forested mountains, the Gorges prove to be a completely different ecosystem to the sunny beaches of Ajaccio, a relatively short distance away.

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Ajaccio, Corsica, France At a glance

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Exchange Rates:
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  • 1.48
  • 0.84
  • 1.45
  • 69.75
  • 3.46
  • 20.81
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Local Details:
GPS: 41°55'9.22"N 8°44'19.09"E
Size: 82.03 KM2 (31.67 MI2)
Population: 66,809
Density: 814 Pop/KM2 (314 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +33

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