20117 Eccica-Suarella
GPS : 41.923866, 8.906479

Eccica-Suarella is located at 220 metres above sea level and is part of the ancient parish of Cauro. This village is located about twenty kilometres from Ajaccio, between sea and mountains. In Eccica-Suarella you can play mountain sports and water ones. Indeed, this village is located a few minutes from the beaches of Porticcio and a few minutes from the ski resort of Bastelica: Eccica-Suarella represents an excellent starting point to discover the natural and cultural heritage of Corsica.
The main waterways are the Prunelli – a river that flows directly into the Mediterranean Sea to the west of the island – the Ese and the Morgone, two tributaries of the Prunelli.

In Eccica-Suarella Sampiero Corso (1498-1567) was killed in an ambush, at the age of 71. The brothers of Vanina Ornano (1527-1563) – who was killed by her husband Sampiero – were among the assailants. Sampiero's head was exposed on the citadel of Ajaccio to prove the power of the Republic of Genoa.

Art lovers can visit the parish church of St Thomas (15th century), which is located a few kilometres from the place where Sampiero Corso was killed and which has been renovated several times. This church is flanked by two side chapels and was restored under Napoleon III.
If you like walking, you will run into several chapels – including the chapel of St Maria and the chapel of the Suarella – and into A Torra, a square campanile that stands on an isolated hill from which it was possible to dominate the surrounding area and whose the bell was played in case of danger.

Eccica-Suarella is located at 17 km from Ajaccio, at 58 km from Cargèse and at 83 km from Corte. This village is crossed by the D203 road.