U Palazzu Bucugnà

Napoleon’s Palace in Bocognano

While strolling in Greater Ajaccio, I had the pleasure of discovering a new museum, the Palazzu di Napoleone, which opened in Bucugnà (Bocognano) in 2016.

It was built between the late 18th and early 19th century at the request of Napoleon Bonaparte, who wanted to have a summer residence in Bocognano, his ancestral village.

So just a jump from Ajaccio – since I only took 30 minutes to get there – I visited this building, partly landscaped as an ecomuseum. I discovered some significant aspects of the traditional way of life adopted by Gravona and Bocognan, Napoleon I, farmers, shepherds, soldiers, bandits and Napoleon III.

I explored the five rooms of the palace and admired their collections: each room is themed (Travel, Photography, Farmers and Shepherds, Times Gone By and Men of Honour) and is filled with dozens of objects and period furniture, busts, clothes, tools and memorabilia. “U Palazzu di Nabuliò”, started in 1797, was not completed until 1859, and Napoleon had no leisure to reside there.

 Take a look at the Palazzu’s  Facebook  page to get a taste for what’s in store.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am-5.30pm; Sundays 9am-3pm

€3 per adult; children go free

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