Why does Corsica welcome so many Italian tourists?

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More and more Italians arrive on the island of beauty. It is a clientele appreciated by tourism professionals in Corsica. With its landscape still preserved and wild. The island benefits from a variety of panoramas that will charm you: beaches in the colors of the Caribbean, breathtaking cliffs, blinding white rocks and perched villages. Crossing Corsica by car (or motorbike) is the best way to discover this land as rugged as it is bucolic and full of surprises.

The Italians are a bit at home…

Our French readers may not like it, but Corsica has been closer to Italy for a very long time. The Romans had brought Latin. The Pisans were the first to bring Italian language and culture. But it was the 500 years of Genoese rule that really consolidated its Italian influence. Yet throughout it all, these proud islanders yearned to cast off the shackles of colonial oppression. Until May 9, 1859, the Italian language was the official language in Corsica. Since 2002, it has been possible to learn the native Corsican language (Corsu) of the island in Corsican primary schools, which has also been recognized as a regional French language since 2013. In addition, road and tourist signs on the island are bilingual: French and Corsican.

The Italians benefit from ferry lines to Corsica

It is possible to reach Corsica from Italy by ferry or plane landing in one of its 4 international airports. Choosing to go to Corsica by ferry is certainly the best and cheapest solution. The Italian ports which have connections with the island are: the port of Genoa, that of Savona, Livorno and Piombino. To these are added the port of Sardinia and Santa Teresa di Gallura.

Corsica Ferries offers a new boat between Savona and Bastia

Since Friday May 19, the Mega Victoria has made its debut for Corsica Ferries on the line connecting the ports of Savona and Bastia. This vessel is part of the Vicking Line takeover last year. With nearly a thousand passengers, it went to join the other units of the fleet, mainly employed on the lines between Italy and Corsica with departures from the ports of Savona-Vado Ligure and Livorno, with destination Bastia and Ile Redhead and day and night trips. The Mega Victoria will be able to accommodate 2,400 passengers (including 460 for cabins) and 450 vehicles and will have 900 linear meters available for rolling freight.

Road signs are bilingual, but most often corso-Italian. This is surprising because France has succeeded in francizing city names such as Munich, Nuremberg, Naples, Genoa, etc. It is perhaps more difficult for Ajaccio, Bastia, Bonifacio. I am in favor of respecting local names, which would avoid any illegible graffiti.

I am from the Contonent and for 15 years that I have been coming to Corsica I have never felt rejected. I think that if we respect their ways of defending the island then why would we not be accepted.

With its preserved landscape” it is a joke. Now Corsica is concrete, concrete. The beaches are represented by straw huts and constructions. I was in Corsica in April not sure that I will come back. On the other hand very satisfied with Corsica Linea.

I agree with Iris mango nothing is protected in Corsica anymore. I am an 80 year old Corsican and I can tell you that in the past it was different. No concrete no straw huts no warts (villas) planted everywhere see between Isula rossa and munticellu and elsewhere and often empty in winter etc etc..
We could make a libracciu..Tuttu si ne va in cagangna..Pace e salute bastunade e rallycude a te e rosse ea me e minute.

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