This summer my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful and unique three day privately guided hiking vacation at Casa Capellini in northern Corsica. This five guest room bed and breakfast is perched at 2500 ft. in the small mountain village of St. Andrea di Bozio, just 15 minutes from Corte. We were warmly greeted by residence manager and chef, Ann Marie, who along with owner and hiking guide Jean Francois, took us immediately to our top floor, like new, corner room. Behind our bright blue door was our room containing a large comfortable queen size bed and separate toilet and shower rooms decorated in beautiful ceramic tiles. New thermo pane French doors opened up to a large tiled patio/deck with comfortable chaise lounge chairs that afforded a spectacular panoramic view of the rugged mountain ranges that are home to the famous and demanding GR20 hiking trail. These first rate accommodations exceeded our wildest expectations. Right from the start of our three day stay Ann Marie and Tracy hit it off. Ann Marie prepared a delicious lunch of nicoise salad and to die for fresh fruit (melon and peaches). After a short rest Jean Francois took us on a two hour introductory hike around the village, past the church and up through a forested landscape to a neighboring village at 3,500 ft. We passed under and around huge old Chestnut trees, green and white oak trees that provided cover for domestic Corsican black pigs and blond cows foraging through the woods. For our first evening meal, Ann Marie placed us by ourselves on the outside terrace for a romantic dinner overlooking the village and mountains in the distance. For the next two days we hiked 6 to 8 hours each day in varied terrain, we trekked through dense forest, scrambled up and around waterfalls, climbed to small alpine lakes, and even lunched with shepherd friends of Jean Francois in a mountain pass. Each day Ann Marie prepared our picnic lunches consisting of pasta salad (the best I ever ate), local cheese and dried meat, Corsican French bread, fresh fruit and a dark chocolate bar. In the evening we relaxed in this tranquil setting, dined with other guests, enjoyed local wines and ate healthy, local Corsican dishes expertly prepared by Ann Marie. We loved our stay at Casa Capellini.
Charles Nisbet and Tracy Kupferberg, Chicago
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- All around Casa capellini in the freshness of the chestnut trees and beeches groves, among the high schist houses, you will be in a true historical village, and not far, you can even visit beautiful Romanesque chapels with splendid frescoes. You are 20 min far from CORTE, historical Corsican capital, where you can hike and swim in the valley of Restonica and Tavignano. Unique panorama, perfect cooking, an air of paradise far from everywhere ... more less
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