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Bastelica is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.It was the birthplace of Sampiero Corso.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Bastelicais, Bastelicaises, or Bastilcacci.GeographyBastelica is located in the interior of the island in the high valley of the Prunelli south-west of the Massif of Monte Renoso of which it shares the summit with Bocognano and Ghisoni. It is also part of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica. It is some 18 km east of Ajaccio . It has many pastures planted with chestnut trees.Access to the commune is by the D27 from Cauro in the south-west which passes through the length of the commune and the village before continuing north to Bocognano. The D27A goes east from the village to the mountain heights but has no exit. The D3 branches from the D27 south of the village and goes south-west to join the Route nationale N196 near Ajaccio. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Vignola and Radicale to the south. The commune is rugged and mountainous.Bastelica has no less than 16 adjacent communes and is one of the six communes in the Community of communes of the Valley of the Prunelli. It was once the chief town of the Canton but is now a part of the Canton of Gravona-Prunelli which has its seat in Afa.
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