Cruises to Ajaccio – Birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte
Cruises to Ajaccio moor at the Jetée des Capucins which is a short walk to the Town Centre. You can easily walk to all of the main attractions within a few minutes.
If you want to take a bus tour there is a yellow open top bus available “Ajaccio Vision” which lasts approximately 1 hour, from in front of the harbour.
Petit Train tours are also available with a choice of two different circuits – one lasts 45mins and the other 90mins.
Rue Fesch is good for souvenir shopping and is a pleasantly shady walk on a hot day.
For beach lovers, there is a long thin strip of beach known as Plage St Francois, about 10-15 minutes walk from the port.
Places to visit on your Ajaccio cruise
The “Maison Bonaparte” is situated on the Rue St Charles and is the birthplace and childhood home of Napoleon Bonaparte. The latest opening times and costs can be found at the “Maison Bonaparte” website, please note the museum is closed on Mondays.
Ajaccio Cathedral, officially the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Ajaccio, the cathedral was completed in 1593 and consecrated to the Assumption of the Virgin. Napoleon’s baptism was held there on 21 July, 1771, the marble baptismal font can be found on the right through the entrance.
The Musee Fesch – the building was built at the request of Cardinal Fesch, maternal uncle of Napoleon, to house an institute of Arts and Sciences. This art lover, born in Ajaccio in 1763, died in Rome in 1839, bequeathed to his hometown more than a thousand pictures.
The Fesch Museum contains the largest collection of Italian paintings after the Louvre in France.
Admission is about 8 euros but this building has the added advantage of air conditioning and good toilets.
The Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) was built between 1824 and 1830; it contains the Salon Napoleonien which houses various Napoleonic paintings, statues and memorabilia of the imperial family.
The artefacts are now housed in the Musee Fesch.
Admission is about 2 euros, but it does close for lunch, so check opening hours before planning a visit.