Santa-Maria-Poggio is located at an altitude of 320 metres and is part of the ancient parish of Moriani. This village has a privileged position, which combines mountains – the culmen of this village is at 1131 metres – and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Sometimes the island of Montecristo and the island of Elba are visible on the horizon, a breathtaking panorama! This village is made up of six hamlets: L'Olivettu, Mortete, Pianelli, Poghju, Port de Taverna and Vanga di l'Oru – which is the centre of Santa-Maria-Poggio.
If you like walking, then you should visit the ancient village of Poghju, which is partially hidden by Corsican maquis and which is located on the edge of the region of Castagniccia. You should also visit the waterfall of Ucelluline (the more courageous can climb to the top of the waterfall for a more beautiful view), the river of Buccatoghju and its Genoese bridge (built in the 17th century) and the rocky beach of Vanga di l'Oru.
Art lovers can visit the parish church of the Annunciation (17th century), which is flanked by six side chapels and which contains several paintings of great artistic and historical interest.
In Santa-Maria-Poggio, Saint Pancras – a centurion whose statue is located in the parish church of the Annunziata – is greatly venerated. In the past, a small wax head was attached to the statue to cure a headache and a small wooden foot was attached to cure those who had foot problems. The chapel of St Pancras (10th century) – whose frescoes are still visible – is one of the oldest chapels in Corsica and it is located in this village.
Santa-Maria-Poggio is located at 33 km from Aléria, at 49 km from Bastia and at 72 km from Corte. This village is crossed by the D330 road and by the D334 one.