Casinca - Castagniccia - Costa Verde
Located south of Bastia, on the east coast, this is a land of contrasts, with no shortage of water and fertile ground. Firstly, the Casinca plain, overlooked by charming villages perched in the green landscape like balconies over the sea. Known in ancient times as "Rome's Breadbasket", it is still the island’s main producer of fruit and vegetables. Going further inland, chestnut trees become predominant and the magnificent villages of Castagniccia bear witness to a glorious past built on growing chestnut trees, which is still one of the main activities in the region. The Costa Verde, on the other hand, is close to the sea and mountains, and a number of crafts people and producers have settled in its three attractive Pieve. A wide variety of produce is grown, but it is the Cervione hazelnut which stands out from the rest, awarded its very own Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
Casinca and the Costa Verde are also home to a booming citrus fruit farming industry…
What to see and do
The listed sites; Casinca Roman chapels; Pascal Paoli Museum; ADECEC Art and Popular Traditions Museum; the convents of the three Pieve de Castagniccia and the Costa Verde; village ovens; fountains; rivers; waterfalls; Galea Park; Natura 2000 sites (the San Petrone mountains, the site at Mucchiatana and the Prunete Canniccia dunes); the unmissable waterfalls at Ucellunile and La Struccia, and the Orezza thermal baths dating back to Roman times.
- The farmers' markets.
- San Branca Fair, held in May in Castellare di Casinca.
- Col de Pratu country fair, end of July.
- The little Arcarota market, Sundays in July and August.
- Castagniccia Country Fair, July in Piedicroce.
- The Hazelnut Fair, August in Cervione.