Coti-Chiavari is located at an altitude of 460 metres and is part of the ancient parish of Ornano. It is a village surrounded by medium-sized mountains, from which it is possible to reach several peaks: Punta di a Chiappa Rossa (623 m), Punta di a Caraponu (624 m), Punta di Malamatina (632 m), Punta di Pinselli (603 m) and Punta di a Saina (648 m).
The vegetation of Coti-Chiavari is very dense: two forests cover the eastern part of the village: the forest of Chiavari – where you can find the old penitentiary which is part of the General inventory of cultural heritage – and the forest of Coti-Chiavari and Frassetto.
The main watercourses of the village are the Butturacci – which flows directly into the Mediterranean Sea – and the streams of Tenera and of Vesco Vecchio.
This village is part of six natural areas of ecological, faunal and floristic interest of 2nd generation: Capu di Muru – Capo Neru, Dune de Pascialella –Pinède de Verghia, Dunes et zone humide de Cupabia, Forêt de Chiavari, Île de Piana à Coti-Chiavari and Lariola/Coti-Chiavari.
Three Genoese towers – which were part of the coastal defence system created by the Republic of Genoa at the end of the 16th century – occupy three strategic points of the Coti-Chiavari coastline. Two of these towers are part of the General inventory of cultural heritage: the tower of Capo-di-Muro and the tower of Capo-Nero.
Art lovers can visit the parish church of St John the Baptist (early 20th century), which replaced the old parish church that was considered too small for the village population. Inside you will find several works that are part of the General inventory of cultural heritage, such as the painting Baptism of Christ and the painting Preaching of St John the Baptist. You should also visit the chapel of St Mary (19th century), which has been restored several times and which is now part of the General inventory of cultural heritage.
Coti-Chiavari is located at 38 km from Ajaccio, at 47 km from Sartène and at 78 km from Cargèse. This village is crossed by the D55 road.