SQUABBLED OVER for centuries by both Italy and France – to which it now belongs – due to its proximity to each country, you could argue that Corsica blends the best of both of them
Whether it’s sprawling, Tuscan-style countryside, peppered with tall cypress trees, or a cuisine that embraces ripe French cheeses and hearty charcuterie, this island will constantly delight and surprise you.
At times you might think you were in Switzerland, with its vertiginous mountain passes, or even England with its Constable-painting fields full of hay bales.
However, if you’re looking for a destination where you can relax on a beach, go for a hike and enjoy a dose of history and culture, all in one break, then it is the place – and a driving holiday is the way to go.
One of history’s most controversial figures, the future Emperor of France was born in Corsica’s capital, Ajaccio, in 1769.
Tributes to the military strategist exist all over the island, in the form of streets, bars and hotels bearing his name, but his story starts in La Maison Bonaparte (en.musees- nationaux-malmaison.fr), a handsome townhouse just off Ajaccio’s main square, Place Foch.
Today, you can see original rooms and furniture used by the Bonaparte family, historical documents, correspondence, maps and more.