Area & Experiences
Between the bay of Porto-Vecchio and the cliffs of Bonifaccio, the Gulf of Santa Giulia is a little corner of paradise. The turquoise blue waters match the beauty of the reds of the granite rocks and the pale gold of the sand. As you divert from the sea, the soothing sounds of the waves are replaced by the buzz of cicadas singing in the 100-year-old olive trees. Driving several minutes through the woodlands is La Villa Gravona. Hugging the hillside, the Villa looks out onto chestnut trees and parasol pine trees.
Our nearby experiences
At the Ceccaldi forge, blades are reddening in the flames. Others are being struck with great hammer blows, bent, struck again. They will become magnificent Damascus blades. In the workshops next-door, handles are being crafted from olive wood or horn. All the complexities of making these knives, true works of art, are unveiled.
A cappella at home
As the singers’ voices fill the house, nothing else matters, not time, nor the surroundings. The polyphonic Corsican songs (“A pulifunia Corsa”) are captivating in their power and beauty. Songs sung long ago in remote valleys by shepherds, in your home, brought to you by singers and musicians, passionate about the culture of their island.
Dishes with character
As a starter, Nicole serves copa and lonzu, the two staples of Corsican charcuterie. “Home-made”, she says simply, nodding towards her husband Paul. Tonight, at their isolated farm near the Bavella mountains, brocciu cannelloni and lemon fiadone are on the menu, all helped down with a good Corsican wine and short stories told by the couple, Corsican, always and forever. A delight.
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