The village of Piana is halfway between Ajaccio and Calvi, 12 kilometres from Porto.
At 440 metres altitude, Piana dominates the Gulf of Porto, facing the peninsulas of Scandola (a famous nature reserve) and Senino. Piana is one of the most beautiful places in Corsica and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With its white-walled houses arranged in the shape of an amphitheatre, typical windows and flower-bedecked balconies, Piana is one of the « Loveliest Villages in France ».
The delightful villages of narrow, winding streets was founded in 1725 and its current population is less than 500.
The beautiful, Italian Baroque-style church of Sainte-Marie à l’Assomption (Santa Maria Assunta) was built between 1765 and 1792. Its pink and white façade is just a taste of what is to come as the interior of the church is truly remarkable : magnificent frescoes, a 17th century painting of Saint-Hugo of Lincoln and an 18th century carved wooden statue of the Virgin of the Assumption (both listed monuments).
Sight-seeing in Piana
Absolutely essential, impressive, majestic… there is no shortage of words to describe the red porphyritic rocks which constitute the Calanques de Piana rocky inlets.
Each element offers an unforgettable sight to visitors - seagulls, cormorants and sea eagles fly through the air, the land is covered with a remarkable example of maquis and the transparent water is home to rich marine life..