Information & Facts
The sights in Ajaccio mainly revolve around Napoleon, who was
born here. The town's main sights are the magnificent cathedral
where Napoleon was christened, the Bonaparte residence and numerous
statues and street names related to his family. Corsicans
themselves are not particularly proud of the island having spawned
Napoleon, and many consider him deridingly as a jumped-up
Frenchman. Locals in Ajaccio are, however, willing to boast about
the Musée Fesch, which contains the art collection of Napoleon's
maternal uncle, Cardinal Fesch. The collection of Italian paintings
is considered to rate second only to that of the Louvre and are
well worth seeing while in on holiday in Ajaccio.
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Public transport in Ajaccio is unreliable.
Ajaccio doesn't have a loud or pumping nightlife, but focuses
more on old-fashioned cafés and salons de thé There are many
cocktail bars overlooking the bay on boulevard Lantivy.
There are many restaurants overlooking the promenade, which make
excellent places to enjoy local seafood. L'Amirauté and Le Floride
have excellent reputations and views. Chez Paulo has the best pizza
Most souvenirs from Ajaccio are related to Napoleon, but don't
overlook the region's excellent wine.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).