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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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  • The Citadel dominates the skyline of Calvi and can be seen from pretty much every area. It is very historic and beautiful - a must see place. The cobbled streets are beautiful and there were lots of l...  more »
  • Great views, beautiful cathedral. Some glaciers for a nice treat. Beautiful cobblestone streets, rock walls, trees! Just gorgeous!  more »
  • Nice 30 minutes walk, max.... just alleyways, but with great views of the port and the bay. Worthwhile but short... take a stroll to the port after.  more »
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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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