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1769, Napoleon’s Grotto: relive Napoleon’s history in Ajaccio

Discover Napoleon’s life in an 18th-century atmosphere.

On rue Saint-Charles, in the very centre of Ajaccio, stop in front of what appears, from a distance, to be a restaurant. But if you take a closer look, you’ll notice the unusual decor: the walls are covered with grotto-style raised patterns and there are large screens suspended from them.


The grotto will walk you through Napoleon’s story by way of a film retracing his life from childhood. During the screening, you will also be able to try some Corsican specialities: a light meal will be served, incorporating traditional Ajaccian dishes such as dumpling with onion and swiss chard, cold meats and nustrale cheese served with fig jam.

The cultural, visual and gastronomical experience lasts approximately an hour and will teach you all about Napoleon Bonaparte’s character-forming childhood and the various roles he played while also highlighting the importance of Ajaccio and Corsica in contemporary society.

The film is available in several languages: French, Corsican, English, Italian, German and Spanish.

The grotto is open every day from 10am to 10pm. Film screenings are at set times: 10am – 11:30am – 1pm – 2:30pm – 4pm – 5:30pm– 7pm – 8:30pm – 10pm. You can book your screening directly by clicking here .

Three packages are available:

-          The full package, which includes the screening and a full meal: €35 per adult and €12 per child under 12

-          The discovery package, which includes the screening and food tasting (but not a full meal): €15 per adult and €12 per child under 12

-          The basic package, which includes the film screening only and which costs €7 per person for children and adults.

After the screening, you can visit the gift shop which sells a variety of items including very-high-quality replicas of 18th-century items.



Adress : 4 rue Saint Charles, 20000 Ajaccio

Phone : 04 95 28 04 61

Mail : grotte@napoleon1769.corsica

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