Maison de l'Amande Corse is a tribute to all things almond, one of Corsica's most important agricultural crops. You'll find the revered nut in all forms—raw, cooked, salted, and pressed—in products ranging from sweet cakes and savory snacks to heavenly fragrances and soaps. The nougatine d'amande (almond nougat candy) is especially tempting.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Corsica. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.
Beautifully decorated with black and white checkered terrazzo floors and arched French doors, this main-street institution is one of the oldest restaurants in Corsica. Linger over classically prepared Mediterranean dishes—a $45 (35 euros) set lunch menu includes foie gras, loup de mer, French cheeses, and dessert—or settle in with cocktails or tea on the sprawling outdoor terrace.
Ransacked by Corsican nationalists and occupied by English troops in the late 1700’s, this mansion—Napoleon’s home until he was nine years old—has been splendidly rebuilt. It’s worth visiting not only to get a sense of the emperor’s early years but also to understand upper-class life on Corsica at the time. Rooms are filled with original period furnishings as well as Bonaparte family portraits. Don’t miss the trapdoor room, where Napoleon is said to have escaped enemies of the revolution through a hidden exit.
Napoleon’s uncle, Cardinal Joseph Fesch, was behind this vast collection of 16,000 pieces of art—the largest private collection in history. While visitors will find a number of anonymous old master works (the museum houses the second-largest collection of Italian paintings after the Louvre) there are plenty of well-known gems here, including pieces by Veronese, Titian, and Botticelli.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.