Citadel of Calvi

Architectural jewel, it is certainly this fortress which overhangs Calvi as well as Christophe COLOMB which make the fame of the city in the whole world.

It invites you to stroll through its cobbled streets and discover the world in which Christophe COLOMB was born. You will find the ruins of the house where he was born.

At the bend of a small typical shop, you will see the Oratory Saint Antoine and the famous Cathedral Saint Jean-Baptiste. The Citadel of Calvi is naturally an emblematic site of the Balagne. The Citadel is one of the most beautiful sites in Corsica.

Another look at the city!

citadelle de calvi
Citadel of Calvi

If the Citadel is so appreciated, it is also for its privileged geographical situation. Perched on its rocky promontory, it offers a 360-degree panorama of the city, the marina and the mountains that flow into the sea. Its cobbled streets and its typical “Genovese” houses tell you in their own way the history of the city.

Under the entrance porch, you can now visit the Museum of Arts of the Citadel of Calvi. This one gathers the works of the Contemporary Art Fund of the city. The museum is in free access.

The Calvi-Balagne Tourist Office also offers an audio guided tour of the Citadel, available in 4 languages: – French – English – German and Italian, it is accompanied by a map listing the 11 landmarks of the route.

Traditional music punctuates the visit and enhances the history of this Genoese fortress and the characters who contributed to its fame (Christopher Columbus, Admiral Nelson … Laurent Giubega, godfather of Napoleon) and make the story alive and moving.

The system offers total autonomy to the user, who, as he walks along the cobblestones of history, can also let himself go for a stroll.

Enjoy your visit!