Santa-Maria-di-Lota is located at an altitude of between 0 and 1198 metres and is part of the ancient parish of Lota. This small village is part of the Cap Corse region and enjoys a maritime Mediterranean climate with moderate temperature variations. It represents an excellent starting point for discovering the natural heritage of the island: many excursions can be organised from Santa-Maria-di-Lota; furthermore, you can spend some time enjoying the summer sun and the beautiful beaches of Santa-Maria-di-Lota.
This village has a dense hydrographic network: its main waterways are the streams of Cavaligna, Figarella, Mandriale, Miomu and Poggiolo.
This village is part of two second-generation natural areas of ecological, faunal and floristic interest: Crêtes asylvatiques du Cap Corse and Chênaies vertes du Cap Corse.
This village is close to Bastia, that is why the history of Santa-Maria-di-Lota is linked to the history of Bastia. This village was a key player in the conflicts between the Corsican independentists and the Genoese and French occupiers at the time of Sampiero Corso (1498-1567) and of Pasquale Paoli (1725-1807).
Art lovers can visit the parish church of St Anthony of Padua (19th century), which has four side chapels and which has recently been restored. You could also visit the church of St Mary of the Assumption – which contains a 17th century painting that is classified historical monument – and the Dominican convent of St Hyacinth. In the 17th century, this convent was the residence of the Grand inquisitor of Corsica, while today it houses a community of Polish nuns.
If you love walking on the beach, then take a look at the Genoese tower of Miomo, dating back to the 16th century and built by the Republic of Genoa.
Santa-Maria-di-Lota is located at 11 km from Bastia, at 79 km from Corte and at 99 km from Île-Rousse. This village is crossed by the D31 road.