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Ajaccio, Corsica

Ajaccio is a French commune, prefecture of the department of Corse-du-Sud, and head office of the Collectivité territoriale de Corse (capital city of Corsica). It is also the largest settlement on the island. Ajaccio is located on the west coast of the island of Corsica, 210 nautical miles (390 km) southeast of Marseille.
Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio in 1769 in the

Maison Bonaparte

, which is now open to the public. Other dedications to him in the city include Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport.

This is a sun-kissed tourist town with frequent visits by cruise ships. It has a boardwalk along its attractive coastline, but its sky-high prices may detract occasionally from its wonderful weather.

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Ajaccio, Corsica

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Ajaccio is a French commune, prefecture of the department of Corse-du-Sud, and head office of the Collectivité territoriale de Corse (capital city of Corsica). It is also the largest settlement on the island. Ajaccio is located on the west coast of the island of Corsica, 210 nautical miles (390 km) southeast of Marseille.
Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio in 1769 in the

Maison Bonaparte

, which is now open to the public. Other dedications to him in the city include Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport.

This is a sun-kissed tourist town with frequent visits by cruise ships. It has a boardwalk along its attractive coastline, but its sky-high prices may detract occasionally from its wonderful weather.

Although the coastline of Ajaccio and its natural harbor was almost certainly visited many times in antiquity, the development of a proper city did not happen until the late 1400s when the Genoese built a citadel that still stands to this day and serves as a military installation for the French army.

After most of Corsica was conquered by the French in the 1700s, Ajaccio remained a Genoese territory until the late 1760s.

Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleone di Buonaparte) was born in Ajaccio in 1769 just after the city became the capital of Corsica. Although from mostly Italian-Corsican heritage, Napoleon rose through the ranks of the French military to become the leader of France and subsequently Emperor. For a time he also ruled most of Europe.

Interestingly, Ajaccio was one of the last cities to become French in Europe, but it was the first French city to be liberated in 1943 following the fall of the Third Republic in 1940.

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Ajaccio, Corsica: Port Information


Smaller cruise ships dock in the port. Larger vessels anchor offshore and passengers are transported to the pier by tender boats.
The city center is within walking distance (around 5 min).

Get around Ajaccio, Corsica


You can easily get to the city's attractions on foot.
There are public and tourist buses. Taxis are limited. 
You can hire a car or explore the surroundings on a mountain bike or road bike.
The railway station in Ajaccio belongs to Chemins de Fer de la Corse and is located near the port at the Square Pierre Griffi. It connects Ajaccio to Corte, Bastia (3h 25min) and Calvi.

What to see in Ajaccio, Corsica


  • Napoleon's house (Maison Bonaparte). House where Napoleon was born. Now a museum. 
  • Cathedral. Church of Ste. Marie. 
  • Church of St Erasme.
  • Citadel. The Citadel was founded in 1492. Its current Genoese appearance dates to some time after 1559. You can only admire the exterior, as it remains a military base out-of-bounds to the public.
  • Harbour station.
  • Musee Fesch, 50 rue du Cardinal Fesch. 14th- to 19th-century Italian art collection amassed by Napoleon's uncle, Cardinal Fesch. Includes works by Titian, Raphael & Botticelli.
  • Filitosa (20 south of Ajaccio off highway T40). April-Oct 09:00 to sunset. Prehistoric (mostly Bronze Age) settlement with standing stones and a small museum. Easiest visited from Ajaccio, but also an easy day-trip from Bonifacio or Porto Vecchio. Other notable standing stones in the area are at Palaggiu and Stanfari.

What to do in Ajaccio, Corsica


The city has two marinas and a casino. The main activities are concentrated in the city center on the Route des Sanguinaires (cinemas, bars, clubs, etc.).

What to eat and drink in Ajaccio, Corsica


  • Le 20123, 2 rue du Roi de Rome. Open every evening. Closed Mondays in winter. Simple dishes cooked in a traditional "grandmother style".
  • Mani, 7 rue du Roi de Rome, ☎ +33 4 95 50 10 42. Sophisticated bistrot serving Corsican food with modern panache.

Shopping in Ajaccio, Corsica


Ajaccio is the Corsica's shopping center with the commercial streets of the city center and the areas of peripheral activities such as that of Mezzavia (hypermarket Géant Casino) and along the ring road (hypermarket Carrefour and E. Leclerc).

Safety in Ajaccio, Corsica


The island is very safe, especially for tourists. Just use your common sense and be polite as in any other place. 

Language spoken in Ajaccio, Corsica


French is the official language. Corsican is widely spoken on the island (it is very similar to Italian). Just a few local citizens can speak or understand English.  

LOCAL TIME

11:42 am
August 6, 2020
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