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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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  • Port and town offer lots of interest. We stayed at the L'Abbaye Hotel 3 star hotel. A 3 stop at Calvi is sufficient to experience the place. 
  • Very impressive, well kept with panoramas and sights really interesting. Sin just be popped in a rainy day and not having been able to spend as much time.
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  • The best is to return at night in the dark in order to enjoy the sunset, it's unforgettable!
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