Roger Filippi has been President of Amichi di u Rughjonu in Luri in Cap Corse for almost 30 years. This association was born out of a passion for the land and a commitment to protect Corsica’s natural and architectural heritage.
Among the aims of the association are the protection of the environment; the restoration, management and planning of rural spaces; and the creation of professional roles favouring young people.
The result of the work of Roger Filippi and his team is, for example, the creation of memory trails, allowing you to walk from one village to another – whether you’re an islander wishing to appropriate or reclaim your heritage, or a tourist wishing to discover the authentic Corsica.
Roger also carries out landscaping with the renovation of dry stone walls and orchards, clears vegetation, and creates health trails, children’s workshops, arboretums, environmental and wildfire awareness, young volunteer sites, and much more – all of which you can read about on the association website.
While waiting to visit Cap Corse, let’s talk to Roger Filippi…
Give us a few words to introduce your region.
Cap Corse is Corsica’s micro-inhabited maritime region least impacted by development, where you can still enjoy walking along the preserved coastline to enjoy the contrasts of sea and mountain and the fragances of the maquis. The inhabitants of this small piece of land are connected by history and blood to the South American continent, whose 19th-century adventurers made their fortune before coming to Corsica to build houses (‘palazzi’) and sumptuous tombs. These can all be visited and now form part of the island heritage.
Can you name three iconic places?
Torra di Seneca is a promontory perched at 560m, from which you can see both sides of the Cap on a clear day. This historic site has a Genoese tower built on the ruins of the 19th-century Chateau I Moti, itself built on an ancient Roman site (Exile of Seneca). Also the hilltop village of Ruglianu, former seat of podestats and the seigniory DE MARI (Chateau San Colombanu), and Cinturi, a typical Cap fishing port recalling the characteristics of the capicursinu (‘sailor-fisherman-farmer’) since ancient times.
What would you recommend to a tourist who visits the area?
Practice hiking trails, coastal paths or cross roads, to discover the rich flora and fauna, abandoned medieval villages (Mata to Luri, Figaghjola to Ogliastru, Caracu to Meria ...), taste the "casgiata" of Luri, local specialty with fresh goat cheese and finally enjoy the lobster Cap deemed to be the most tasty in the world with a glass of white wine from the hills of Cap.
What is your favourite season and why?
Winter is the most intimate season, when you can gather around the fire and enjoy delicious specialities: figatellu, pulenta, nicci, fasgiole (roasted chestnuts), ballot (boiled chestnuts flavoured with wild fennel) and other migliacciole.
What three words define your region?
“Capi corsu ghjè the isula ind'è the isula” (Cap Corse is the island in the island), from a historical, sociological and environmental point of view.
Amichi di u Rughjonu Association
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