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    History has left its imprint everywhere, even in the most remote villages on the island

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Museums and exhibitions

Corsica is a land of culture which rewards the curious traveller.

Our many museums are home to remarkable exhibits which bear witness to the passing of time and the island’s history.The Musée de Bastia has a collection of 10,642 art exhibits and documents, the Palais Fesch in Ajaccio boasts the largest collection of Italian paintings in France after the Louvre

The Musée de Bastia has a collection of 10,642 art exhibits and documents, the Palais Fesch in Ajaccio boasts the largest collection of Italian paintings in France after the Louvre.

While Napoleon’s birthplace, in Ajaccio’s old town, will reveal myriad secrets about the family of the island’s most illustrious son. Take a short walk through the town to visit the Bibliothèque Fesch, a library with a unique collection of incunabula. As you enter this temple of learning, you can’t fail to be impressed by the gaze of two plaster lions, moulded from original sculptures by Canova which grace the tomb of Pope Clément XIII at St Peter’s in Rome.

In Sartène, the Musée de la Préhistoire boasts major collections illustrating the daily life of past civilisations on the island, while the museum in Aléria, occupying the Fort de Matra, displays items unearthed during excavations of the Ancient colony and necropoli. Meanwhile, in Corte, admire old photographs and exhibits relating to the island’s ethnology and history at the Musée de la Corse. This renowned museum evokes the traditional life of shepherds and farmers, the development of local customs and beliefs, as well as the different aspects of contemporary life on the island.

Film buffs will also be keen to head to the Cinémathèque de Porto-Vecchio, which hosts a full programme of screenings, exhibitions and conferences.

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