Ajaccio, Corsica’s imperial city, is tucked into a vast gulf sheltered from the wind and bordered by beaches of fine sand. The birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, delve into the life of the young emperor as you wander the capital in his footsteps. Life here is, in a word, peaceful. Along the narrow streets of the Genoese city, between the baroque cathedral whose door opens on to the open sea, in the citadel with its deep moats, and the small fishing port where les pointus (colourful traditional boats) wait to set sail, time meanders along at a wonderfully idle pace. Ajaccio holidays are gorgeous in the summer,
the prime time to enjoy the powder-white beaches, and blissful in the spring, when the scents of the native flowers drift into the market square.
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