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Pianu di Levie Corsica

Levie and Pianu di Levie Corsica Guide

Levie, set high in the Alta Rocca, is a pleasant village made up of reddish-orange roofed stone houses surrounded by mountains.

It is home to the Musée de l'Alta Rocca, a museum providing information on Corsican geology, geography, flora and fauna, archaeology and ethnology (admission 3 Euros).

The drive to Levi through the Alta Rocca is in itself an exhilarating experience. The roads, although winding and narrow (and in places in disrepair) with some precipitous drops, provide dramatic views and excellent photographic opportunities. This memorable drive passes though intriguing mountain villages such as tiny Carbini (on the D59), with its interesting Romanesque church, Église St-Jean Baptiste, and an imposing separate bell tower.

There is a lovely walk of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Carbini (marked by orange markers) to a great viewpoint over the Alta Rocca

Pianu di Levie
Close to Levie, at Pianu di Levie, are the joint archaeological sites of Curcuruzzu and Capula. A visit to Pianu di Levie entails an interesting walk through gnarled, shaded forest to a beautiful elevated panoramic spot, where you can clamber over the granite boulders of the two Prehistoric sites.

Pianu di Levie can be accessed via the D268 running west from Levie to Sainte-Lucie de Tallano. Take the signposted turning on the right off this road, 3 km from Levie. A further 4 km brings you to the site's car park (on the right, under trees). Park here and walk the short distance to the small information centre to purchase tickets. Open daily, costs 5.5 Euros (includes the use of a ninety-minute autoguide or booklet in English).

A fifteen-minute easy walk through atmospheric ancient oak woodland brings you to Casteddu di Curcuruzzu, dating from 1400 BC. This Bronze Age settlement for artisans and farmers was discovered in 1963, and consists of a circular torre (stone tower) surrounded by a high wall, entered into by steep narrow steps. There are wonderful panoramic views across the region from here, including the Aiguilles de Bavella and the Gulf of Propriano.

Continue a further twenty minutes along the circular forest walk to the second site, Capula. This was a medieval castle built on the site of a Bronze Age fortress. The walk also passes remains of a tiny 13th century chapel, Chapelle San Lorenzu.


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