Ile-Rousse, Corsica, France
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Approximately 3½ hours
Meals not included
A gentle stroll about the picturesque seaside town of Calvi reveals much of its history -- from its humble beginnings as a fishing village, to its century in the sun as a Genoese stronghold, and its current status as a charming vacation getaway.
It's a short coach ride from the ship to the entrance of the Calvi citadel, perched on a rocky hillside overlooking the port. You will begin your guided walk to discover Calvi's narrow lanes and ancient ramparts. Cross the drawbridge and stop to enjoy the breathtaking vista of red rooftops and the crystal-clear sea.
Continue to the Place d'Armes and on to the Cathedral St Jean Baptiste, set upon the highest point of the promontory. Founded in the 13th century, the cathedral was partially destroyed during the Turkish siege in 1553, and later rebuilt in the form of a Greek cross. The next stop is at what remains of the home of Calvi's most famous resident--Christopher Columbus. Historians believe the famous explorer was born in Calvi in 1451. After viewing the exterior of this fabled site, you'll pass the 13th-century Caserne Sampiero, formerly the Governor's palace.
Make your way to the Oratoire St Antoine to admire its Italian frescoes; then, stroll along the city's ramparts and wander through the Ville Basse (Lower Town). Heading back to the port, you'll pass along Quay Landry -- a bustling section of town sitting at the foot of the ramparts. It boasts a rather lovely marina and café-lined promenade.
Please note: Tour requires continuous walking over rough and uneven ground. Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen.