Bastia

A green way for cyclists in bastia

Bicycles will play a special part in the modernisation scheme of Bastia in its quest to become closer to nature and more respectful of the environment. When he announced the creation of a 5 kms “green way” along the coastline, Bastia mayor Emile Zuccarelli made it clear that the cycle lane would be the backbone of a new network of “light” alternative modes of transportation. A priority of the municipality, along with major urbanism developments to boost the city economically and socially – restoration of the old town, creation of a technological centre in the south – the green way will link Toga to Arinella then to Marana along the shoreline. Three metres wide and open to pedestrians as well, it will be linked to other cycle lanes going in every part of town, from the town centre to Fango, Montesoro, Lupino, the Old Port and the Citadel.
With this project the city turns to green. It is a very ambitious project making it possible to go to work by bike, or to simply stroll towards Arinella from the town centre or Lupino.

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Bastia citadel © Miguel2bArinella beach © Ville de BastiaArinella beach © Ville de Bastia
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Pop: 45,000
Prefecture of Haute-Corse
Specialties: sardines with brocciu, baccala (cod), fiadone (dessert), Pietra (beer)
Economy: second French passengers port, tourism, administrations.
Celebrities: Cesar Campinchi (former minister), Emile Zucarelli (mayor, former minister), Cesar Vezzani (tenor), Jean Nicoli (Resistance hero), Angelo Rinaldi (writer), Joseph-Marie Farinole (military), Adil Rami (footballer), Henry Padovani (former Police guitarist)
Sport: SC Bastia (football)
Culture: Italian film festival (Feburary), E teatrale (March), Notte di a Memoria (July), Spanish and Latin-American Film Festival (October)
Labels: ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (2).

Timeline

  • Antiquity

    Foundation of the village of Cardo.
  • 1353

    The site of Porto Cardo (today’s Old Port) was chosen by the Genoans to build a bastion which gave the town its name.
  • 1378

    Genoese governor Leonello Lomellini leaves the castle of Biguglia to live in the fortress “a Bastia”. The area of the citadel becomes known as Terra Nova.
  • 1530

    The Govenors Palace is finished. 16th and 17th centuries – Several religious orders are created and an intense cultural and artistic life develops.
  • 1768

    Corsica becomes French. End of the Genoese rule.
  • 1794

    The English conquer the town for two years.
  • 1796

    Bastia becomes the prefecture of the Golo department.
  • 19th century

    The town thrives and grows to the north and on the hills.
  • 1943

    On August 18, Corsica is the first French department to be liberated. Bastia is notably liberated thanks to the heroic intervention of the submarine Casabianca.
  • 1992

    A tribune at the Armand-Cesari stadium in Furiani collapses during a French Cup semi-final between Bastia and Marseille killing 18 and injuring 2,200.
Armand-Cesari stadium also known as Furiani Stadium © Ville de BastiaPlace du donjon, Palace of the governor © ville de Bastia
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Pop: 45,000
Prefecture of Haute-Corse
Specialties: sardines with brocciu, baccala (cod), fiadone (dessert), Pietra (beer)
Economy: second French passengers port, tourism, administrations.
Celebrities: Cesar Campinchi (former minister), Emile Zucarelli (mayor, former minister), Cesar Vezzani (tenor), Jean Nicoli (Resistance hero), Angelo Rinaldi (writer), Joseph-Marie Farinole (military), Adil Rami (footballer), Henry Padovani (former Police guitarist)
Sport: SC Bastia (football)
Culture: Italian film festival (Feburary), E teatrale (March), Notte di a Memoria (July), Spanish and Latin-American Film Festival (October)
Labels: ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (2).

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Bastia and cycling

In the 1964 Paris-Nice, one day after winning the Porto-Vecchio stage, Raymond Poulidor took the overall lead away from Dutchman Jan Janssen in a time trial in the streets of Bastia. Janssen, who was to become the first Dutchman to win the Tour, had crashed in that final stage. Since then, Bastia logically hosted several stages of the Tour of Corsica. Before being dropped from the professional calendar to be revived in 2001 as an attractive amateur race, the Tour of Corsica crowned riders such as Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle in 1980, Stephen Roche in 1981 or Bernard Hinault in 1982. The badger kept emotional memories of the race and the island: “It's going to be great. I rode the Tour of Corsica in the 80s. It was fabulous, especially in May. There were flowers and scents. It was 30 years ago and I can still remember it. Mountains, valleys, all the profiles are available and the weather is beautiful. The two departments will be involved. It's just great that the Tour should start from a region it never visited before.”
Among the Bastia riders to have left their mark feature Marcel Subrero, a former team-mate of Francis Pelissier, who won the 1927 Tour of Corsica and gave his name to cycling track in Casatorra.

Raymond Poulidor in the Galibier pass in the 1974 Tour de France © Presse SportsRaymond Poulidor lin the 1975 Tour de France © Presse Sports
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Pop: 45,000
Prefecture of Haute-Corse
Specialties: sardines with brocciu, baccala (cod), fiadone (dessert), Pietra (beer)
Economy: second French passengers port, tourism, administrations.
Celebrities: Cesar Campinchi (former minister), Emile Zucarelli (mayor, former minister), Cesar Vezzani (tenor), Jean Nicoli (Resistance hero), Angelo Rinaldi (writer), Joseph-Marie Farinole (military), Adil Rami (footballer), Henry Padovani (former Police guitarist)
Sport: SC Bastia (football)
Culture: Italian film festival (Feburary), E teatrale (March), Notte di a Memoria (July), Spanish and Latin-American Film Festival (October)
Labels: ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (2).

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Places to see

The ancient palace of the Genoese governors

The palace of the Governors was built from a tower erected in 1380 by a noble Genoese, Leonello Lomellino. The tower, la bastia, gave its name to the city and stood on a strategic position overlooking the Porto Cardo bay (now the Old Port) and it was soon turned into a fortified castle. It became the permanent residence of the Genoese governors of Corsica in the late 15th century.
It is now home to the municipal museum. A recent restoration rebuilt a quarter of the building destroyed in 1943 during the liberation of Corsica from the occupation of Italian troops. The new museum was inaugurated in June 2010.

St John the Baptist church

It is one of the most famous monuments in town. Of neo-classical style, it is the largest church in Corsica. Built above the Old Port from 1583, it was constantly restored and modified along the years. Its noble and classical façade is partly hidden by neighbouring buildings, and inside the style is entirely 18th century baroque. The bell towers were added late in the history of the church. The one to the left was built in 1813 by Swiss mason Tomaso Quadri while the one to the right is the work of Bastia's architect Paul Augustin Viale and dates rom 1864.

St Charles Borromeo church

It is one of the rare churches in Christianity not granting the right of asylum. It was a condition imposed by the Genoese to allow its construction. Its imposing baroque façade tops a superb volley of stairs. Inside the nave looks even wider still thanks to the white walls and the pilasters. Only the superb altar is richly decorated.   

Submarine Casabianca's sail

Launched in 1937, the submarine Casabianca was one of the rare French units not to be sunk with the rest of the French fleet in Toulon in November 1942. Instead it fled to Algiers. It was used for intelligence missions to help the liberation of Corsica in September 1943. Its sail is now on display on the St Nicolas square, one of the largest in Europe (300X90 metres).

Governors Palace in the Bastia citadel © UrelianuBastia’s St John the Baptist church © Ville de BastiaBastia’s St John the Baptist church © Toutaitanous 2Casabianca submarine © Pierre BonaPlace Saint-Nicolas © Ville de Bastia
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Pop: 45,000
Prefecture of Haute-Corse
Specialties: sardines with brocciu, baccala (cod), fiadone (dessert), Pietra (beer)
Economy: second French passengers port, tourism, administrations.
Celebrities: Cesar Campinchi (former minister), Emile Zucarelli (mayor, former minister), Cesar Vezzani (tenor), Jean Nicoli (Resistance hero), Angelo Rinaldi (writer), Joseph-Marie Farinole (military), Adil Rami (footballer), Henry Padovani (former Police guitarist)
Sport: SC Bastia (football)
Culture: Italian film festival (Feburary), E teatrale (March), Notte di a Memoria (July), Spanish and Latin-American Film Festival (October)
Labels: ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (2).

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Furiani memories remain strong

In 2012, it was twenty years since the Furiani stadium tragedy, the worst disaster in time of peace in Corsica with its 18 dead and 2,357 injured. The tragedy took place on May 5, 1992, when a makeshift tribune built for a French Cup semi-final between SC Bastia and Marseille collapsed. Because of the deaths, the trophy was not awarded that year. Two decades later, Bastia did not forget, so many families having been hardly hit by the tragedy. In May 5, 2012, the French Professional League (LFP) and the French Football Federation (FFF) accepted to make that date a day without football. Now, the members of the Furiani memorial committee wish for May 5 to be declared a day without football annually: 40,000 signatures have been collected in support of the initiative but no decision has yet been reached.
After the tragedy, safety measures for the installation of provisional tribunes have been dramatically improved but the Corsican watchdog wishes to go one step further and turn this day of remembrance into a “football values day” supporting the work of students working on the subject of security in sport.

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Pop: 45,000
Prefecture of Haute-Corse
Specialties: sardines with brocciu, baccala (cod), fiadone (dessert), Pietra (beer)
Economy: second French passengers port, tourism, administrations.
Celebrities: Cesar Campinchi (former minister), Emile Zucarelli (mayor, former minister), Cesar Vezzani (tenor), Jean Nicoli (Resistance hero), Angelo Rinaldi (writer), Joseph-Marie Farinole (military), Adil Rami (footballer), Henry Padovani (former Police guitarist)
Sport: SC Bastia (football)
Culture: Italian film festival (Feburary), E teatrale (March), Notte di a Memoria (July), Spanish and Latin-American Film Festival (October)
Labels: ville d'art et d'histoire, ville fleurie (2).

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