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Corte and the mountainous interior of Corsica spectacular

Corte is the geographical center of Corsica; the fortress took it's current formation in 1419

Corte is the geographical center of Corsica; the fortress took it's current formation in 1419

The jagged pinnacles of the Col de Favella ranked number 5 on TripAdvisor's list of things to do in Corsica

The jagged pinnacles of the Col de Favella ranked number 5 on TripAdvisor's list of things to do in Corsica

In Carbini, St Jean Baptiste Church was built in the 14th century and the bell tower even predates the church

In Carbini, St Jean Baptiste Church was built in the 14th century and the bell tower even predates the church

17th century Chapel of Ste Croix;population of the town these days is about 6800, with 30% o those being students

17th century Chapel of Ste Croix;population of the town these days is about 6800, with 30% of those being students

The organ loft in the Chapel of Ste Croix had a totally different shape than others on the island; it was beautifully painted too

The organ loft in the Chapel of Ste Croix had a totally different shape than others on the island; it was beautifully painted too

The pillarless nave of Chapel of Ste Croix has a barrel vault and an aisle paved in grey marble; by the altar is a colorful Baroque retable

The pillarless nave of Chapel of Ste Croix has a barrel vault and an aisle paved in grey marble; by the altar is a colorful Baroque retable

Pascal Paoli is the renowned patriot and hero of Corsican independence; Paoli drafted the Corsican constitution and founded the island's university

Pascal Paoli is the renowned patriot and hero of Corsican independence; Paoli drafted the Corsican constitution and founded the island's university

La Canonica is a 12th century Roman Catholic church that is close to the end of the Bastia airport runway

La Canonica is a 12th century Roman Catholic church that is close to the end of the Bastia airport runway

Corte is home to Corsica's only university; in the summer the city is a hub for rock climbers, hikers, bikers and anyone who loves the mountains

Corte is home to Corsica's only university; in the summer the city is a hub for rock climbers, hikers, bikers and anyone who loves the mountains

Much of the town is dilapidated but this one building stands out with its colorful facade; this shop claims to be the oldest food store in Europe having been in business since 1800

Much of the town is dilapidated but this one building stands out with its colorful facade; this shop claims to be the oldest food store in Europe having been in business since 1800

This was the longest straight stretch of road I saw in 3 hours and it had bicyclists and cows to avoid

This was the longest straight stretch of road I saw in 3 hours and it had bicyclists and cows to avoid

The mountains are popular for lots of outdoor pursuits like rock climbing, canyoning and multi-day hiking trips; there's a small river at the base of the mountains offering swimming in clear rock pools

The mountains are popular for lots of outdoor pursuits like rock climbing, canyoning and multi-day hiking trips; there's a small river at the base of the mountains offering swimming in clear rock pools

Mid-15th century Church of the Annunciation is one of the oldest buildings in town; the facade dates from the 18th century

Mid-15th century Church of the Annunciation is one of the oldest buildings in town; the facade dates from the 18th century

In 1755, Corte became the capital of the short-lived Corsican republic; 14 years later French invaders devastated the Citadel where most everyone lived

In 1755, Corte became the capital of the short-lived Corsican republic; 14 years later French invaders devastated the Citadel where most everyone lived

The Fountain of 4 Cannons was commissioned by Louis XVI in 1778 to bring water to the city from the Orta River

The Fountain of 4 Cannons was commissioned by Louis XVI in 1778 to bring water to the city from the Orta River

The highest mountain on Corsica, Monte Cinto at 8900 feet, looms over Corte; as the crow flies, Corte is only about 20 miles from the sea

The highest mountain on Corsica, Monte Cinto at 8900 feet, looms over Corte; as the crow flies, Corte is only about 20 miles from the sea

The 7000 ft peaks here are the highest in southern Corsica; dozens of popular hikes thread through the area

The 7000 ft peaks here are the highest in southern Corsica; dozens of popular hikes thread through the area

The Col de Bavella area is covered with Laricio pines which are very tall and often live 3 or 4 centuries, with some even 800 years old

The Col de Bavella area is covered with Laricio pines which are very tall and often live 3 or 4 centuries, with some even 800 years old

Jean-Pierre Gaffori was the hero of the Corsican independence movement; he was born in a house on this square in 1704 and helped take Corte from the Genoese in 1746

Jean-Pierre Gaffori was the hero of the Corsican independence movement; he was born in a house on this square in 1704 and helped take Corte from the Genoese in 1746

The tall, slender, Baroque bell tower of the Church of the Annunciation dominates the lower town; the surrounding area has vineyards, hay fields and grazing lands

The tall, slender, Baroque bell tower of the Church of the Annunciation dominates the lower town; the surrounding area has vineyards, hay fields and grazing lands

Place Paoli lies at the foot of the upper city; the large square was laid out in the late 19th century

Place Paoli lies at the foot of the upper city; the large square was laid out in the late 19th century

One of the most popular hikes here is a 4 hour loop to an 8 meter hole in the rock which looks like someone shot a missile through the mountain

One of the most popular hikes here is a 4 hour loop to an 8 meter hole in the rock which looks like someone shot a missile through the mountain

The Church of the Annunciation has an altar made of local grey marble; in 1735, the constitution for an independent Corsica was drafted in Corte

The Church of the Annunciation has an altar made of local grey marble; in 1735, the constitution for an independent Corsica was drafted in Corte

The abruptness of the Col de Bavella reminded me of the Grand Tetons; the narrow road weaving past the mountains is very popular with serious cyclists

The abruptness of the Col de Bavella reminded me of the Grand Tetons; the narrow road weaving past the mountains is very popular with serious cyclists

Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother, was born in this house in 1768; Joseph would later go on to be King of Spain

Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother, was born in this house in 1768; Joseph would later go on to be King of Spain

Behind the little train is the Museum of Corsica; the museum occupies several of the Citadel buildings and is heavy on anthropology and history

Behind the little train is the Museum of Corsica; the museum occupies several of the Citadel buildings and is heavy on anthropology and history

Entrance portal to the Citadel is now also used by vehicles; the sights, except for the museum, in Corte could easily be seen in under an hour

Entrance portal to the Citadel is now also used by vehicles; the sights, except for the museum, in Corte could easily be seen in under an hour

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