Azilone-Ampaza is located at 420 metres above sea level and is part of the ancient parish of Ornano. This village is made up of two hamlets – Azilone and Ampaza – which are separated by the river of A Viura. This village is surrounded by medium-sized mountains and it is an excellent starting point for many excursions and for discovering the natural heritage of the island.
The inhabitants of the two hamlets come from the ancient village of Calcinaghju, which was destroyed by the Moorish around the 14th century. The survivors took refuge in Azilone, where they began to build the village of Azilone-Ampaza.
Paul-Matthieu de La Foata (1817-1899) was born in this village. He was not only the bishop of Ajaccio, but also a historian, a writer and a poet who wrote many works in French, Latin, Italian and Corsican. Even today, his Poesie giocose, written "in the vernacular language of the piève d'Ornano" is well known in Corsica.
Art lovers can visit the church of St Maria (15th century), which has a four-storey campanile in an excellent state of preservation.
You should also visit the church of St Matteo (16th century, Ampaza), whose the inner and outer walls are with exposed stone and which has a beautiful campanile. If you like walking, you can visit the chapel of St Sauveur (12th century), which is open to the public once a year on the patron saint's day.
Today this village is known thanks to the Tour de Corse which is known as the “ten thousand turns rally" because of the twisty mountain roads.
Azilone-Ampaza is located at 39 km from Ajaccio, at 47 km from Propriano and at 81 km from Cargèse. This village is crossed by the D26 road