Known as Corsica’s garden for its fig and olive orchards (the Romans called it the land of wheat and oil), the rugged Balagne region outside Calvi is filled with ancient communes called pièves, perched on hilltops and looking like they are right out of Tuscany. Stone bridges traverse the rivers in this 37,000-square-mile pine tree mountain terrain just below the island’s tallest mountain, 2,740-meter-high Monte Cinto—making for some perfect photo opportunities.
By John Oseid
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