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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. Our Calvi itinerary planner makes visiting Citadelle de Calvi and other Calvi attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Very nice with great views Expo permanent from the 2nd rep a few bistros to refresh as well as restaurants
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  • A superb place in Balagne. Magnificent landscapes. A trip to discover Corsica. All small villages nearby in the ups.
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  • When one is on Calvi! Lovely views over the Bay. Parking is not easy in this city. There are lots of world and it is better to park in the parking lot of the pine forest at the entrance to the city. Attention it is 2km!
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  • The walk up to the citadel is nice, great view from the top. Take a break at any of the little ice cream shops or restaurants. It's an easy visit that can be done in an hour.
  • Historic citadelle which is being renovated, not large but gives great views over the bay and town of Calvi
  • Impressive walled old city with some good views and nicely signed points if interest
  • Interesting site offering nice views at Calvi, it's harbor and the bay, as well as an historic flair with it's narrow streets and vintage buildings.
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