20229 Verdèse
GPS : 42.3925,9.365278

Verdèse is located at 530 metres above sea level and is part of the ancient parish of Orezza, in Castagniccia. It is a mid-mountain village, with no coastline. This village is quite green, rich in chestnut trees and holm oaks. Verdèse is nestled at the foot of Monte San Petrone (1767 m), which dominates the old parishes of Orezza, Ampugnani, Rostino and Vallerustie.

From Verdese you can reach several mountains such as Monte Sant'Appiano (1093 m), Monte Negrine (1133 m), Monte Sant'Angelo (1218 m), Monte Olmelli (1285 m) and Cima di Calleruccio (1731 m).
If you are an experienced hiker, then you can also try to reach Monte San Petrone: from Col di Prato, you must follow the path indicated by the signposts. It takes about three hours to cover a six-kilometre path with an altitude difference of 800 metres.

This village is part of a second-generation natural area of ecological, faunal and floristic interest: Châtaigneraies de la Petite Castagniccia. Verdèse is part of the regional natural park of Corsica (12 May 1972).

There is only one place of worship in Verdese, the parish church of St Sebastianu (16th century), of baroque architecture. It is said that the villagers built the bell tower of this church in only 140 days, a remarkable achievement considering the height of the building! This church is located in the centre of the village and contains many remarkable works.
There are six fountains in the village: Tralemure (between the walls) and E duie culombe (the two doves) are the most beautiful and traditional. Five of these fountains have a petra zuccata, a small stone that must be turned to open and close the fountain to avoid water wastes.

Verdèse is crossed by the D46 road and is far from all the railway, port and airport infrastructures. The village is located at 52 km from Bastia, at 60 km from Aléria and at 69 km from Île-Rousse.