What to see near the port of Bastia
Bastia, like other Corsican cities, deserves to be visited carefully. One of the first things to see once you arrive in the capital of Upper Corsica is certainly the Porto Vecchio. Loved by tourists because of its resemblance to the Ligurian and southern Italian ports, the Vieux Port embodies the soul of Bastia, its colors, its history.
Still walking along the port area you will find the church of San Giovanni Battista , the largest on the island. Built towards the middle of the 17th century, it is in Baroque style and is characterized by the presence, on the sides of the façade, of two twin bell towers.
Other notable places of worship are the Oratory of the Immaculate Conception (which for two years was the seat of the Anglo-Corsican Parliament) and the Oratory of the Confraternita Santa Croce (where the so-called "Black Christ", a wooden sculpture dating back to the beginning of '400).
Another significant monument of the city is certainly the Palazzo dei Governatori: built at the end of the 15th century, for a long time it was a military barracks. Today it houses an ethnological museum and is also one of the main cultural centers of Bastia.
Finally, the Jardin Romieu (and the staircase of the same name ) and the very central place Saint Nicolas deserve a mention. The square overlooks the port of the Corsican town, and is the ideal place to spend the afternoon relaxing (nearby you will find via César Campinchi and Boulevard Paoli , the shopping streets). Place Saint Nicolas is embellished with two monuments: a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte and the war memorial.