Stazzona is located at 515 metres above sea level and is part of the ancient parish of Orezza, in Castagniccia. A Stazzona means “the forge”: this small village was the most important centre of weapons manufacturing on the island. During the bathing season, this village was known as the little Paris because it had several hotels, many shops and public transport services. There was also a casino, whose the trompe-l'oeil columns can still be seen.
This village is part of the Castagniccia region, where chestnut trees dominated the territory. Today, agriculture is playing a less important role in the island's economy and for this reason the original vegetation is beginning to reclaim the lost ground.
Stazzona is part of the micro-region of Orezza, which is known for its gaseous and ferruginous springs, exploited since ancient times, and declared of public utility thanks to the abundance of iron and bicarbonate.
In this village, more than 10% of the houses date back to the 16th century, almost 30% to the 17th century, another 30% to the 18th century and 25% of the houses date back to the 19th century – only around 3% of the houses in the village date back to the 20th century. That is why Stazzona is a very characteristic Corsican village, which preserves the charm of the past and which has a breathtaking landscape. Here you can find many houses where the local nobles lived, some of them are very old. In one of these houses, you can admire numerous ornamental Baroque paintings on its ceilings such as plant ornaments, friezes, eagles and shields decorated with busts.
You can also visit the parish church of the Annunciation (18th century), which was renovated in the 19th century, where on the high altar you will see a plaque in memory of those who died for their country. This church has two side chapels dedicated to St Anthony of Padua and to St Joseph. Stazzona has a very special fountain with several spouts and basins – this fountain was dedicated to the Marquis de Marboeuf and dates back to the first half of the 19th century.
Stazzona is crossed by the D506 road and is located at 51 km from Corte, at 54 km from Bastia and at 59 km from Aléria.