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Genoese Tower
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Genoese Tower featuring a sunset, rocky coastline and a bay or harbour

Watch the sun set over the sparkling Gulf of Porto from this historic Genoese tower, a typical feature of the Corsican coastline.

Perched atop a craggy promontory overlooking the Gulf of Porto, this imposing Genoese tower is just one of many fortresses that were built along the Corsican coast during the 16th and 17th centuries. Venture inside the tower to learn more about the construction and function of these structures and climb to the top to admire panoramic views of the scenic surroundings.

Built in 1549, this sturdy stone tower is just one of about 80 defensive fortresses that dot the Corsican coast. They were built by the ruling Genoese as a system of defense to protect the coastal regions from piracy, which was rife at the time. This particular tower is one of the earlier builds. It underwent restoration in the late 20th century.

Take note of the shape of this structure. Its square silhouette differs from the round shape of most of the other Genoese towers on the Corsican coast. Enter the tower and explore a small but informative exhibit, which tells the story behind the Corsican watchtowers and explains how they were financed and constructed. Informational plaques also detail the tough day-to-day duties of the tower watchman, who would have been installed here to protect the valley and river of Porto by keeping watch for any invaders.

While inside the tower, look out and admire the views, which overlook the sea, the rocky Porto beach and the small harbor. Climb up the steps to the viewpoint and enjoy panoramas extending out to the sea and back to the mountainous landscape of the Corsican interior. On a clear day, you may be able to see as far as the next tower, Capo Rosso (Tour de Piana) to the south. The vistas are at their most spectacular at sunset, when the changing light casts a golden glow over the horizon.

The Genoese tower is about a 15-minute walk from the marina. There is a fee to enter the tower, which is open during the summer months only.

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