An excursion to Sartène to experience history, mystery and religion, to retrace the events that have marked the destiny of this small town over the centuries and discover its traditions and popular culture.
What we will see
- Sartène: Old town and Church of Sainte-Marie
- Spin'a Cavallu Bridge
What we will do
- We will take a coach to Sartène, an authentic Corsican town, set high on a hill at the border of the Alta Rocca region and characterised by a long, turbulent and often mysterious past.
- The old town of Sartène is a fortified citadel which dates back to the Middle Ages, with narrow cobbled streets and austere houses built of grey granite, in an exceptional mountain setting. As our guide will explain, Sartène's history is marked by bloody battles and large numbers of invaders, starting with pirates in the Middle Ages, then dominion by the fierce Sgiò (feudal lords) through to the 19th century, when a bloody private vendetta left its permanent mark on this Corsican town.
- With the guide we will also visit the baroque Church of Sainte Marie, where we will find the heavy wooden crucifix and the chain used during the famous Good Friday procession known as u Catenacciu, one of the island's oldest religious events.
- After a short coach journey inland, 7 km from Sartène, we will come to the famous Spin'a Cavallu Bridge, an elegant arch in rare Pisan stone dating back to the 13th century, beautifully set against the background of extensive vineyards and numerous olive trees. The single-arch bridge spans the Rizzanese river at a height of 8 metres above the water.