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VILLA SPERONE  - BONIFACIO STRAIT  - La SEMILLANTE  - CORSICA



The Strait of Bonifacio : « Bucchi di Bunifazziu » is the strait between Corsica and Sardinia.
11 km (6.8 mi) wide, it divides the Tyrrhenian sea from the western Mediterranean sea.



In Latin, the strait was named "Fretum Pallicum" (Strait Palla).



"Palla" was named after a powerful goddess of the Legend of Olympus:
the beautiful 'Pallas Athene', daughter of Jupiter.



"Pallae" or "Palla" located at the extreme south of the island where Spérone Golf is built,
and where Roman ruins still exist.



Situated opposite the former site of Palla, eight miles away from Sardinia and two miles away from Spérone
another fact of history will take you to the famous Sémillante.
A pyramid of boulders, 27-foot-high was built as a remembrance of the Sémillante disaster



The island of Lavezzi, with the sailors of Semillante drowned on its rocks,
had become El Teatro (Theatre) of the disastrous shipwreck




February 14, 1855 (during the reign of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French)
Toulon 11 AM ... the 6o-gun frigate of the Frech Navy, « La Sémillante »,
deprted Toulon in the direction of the Crimea...



. . . under Captain Jugan with a crew of 301 and 392 soldiers as
reinforcements for the French army.



The « Sémillante » was a three-masted vessel,
forming one of the largest units of the French Navy.



Her first scheduled stop was Constantinople.



it was in the strait of Bonifacio near the Lavezzi Islands that The « Sémillante » was caught in a storm.
Lost in a thick fog, a gust of wind drove the ship into rocks on Ile Lavezzi.



For weeks, bodies of the victimes washed up on the shore of Ile lavezzi.
The remains of 600 of the people on board were recovered and
buried in the schiarino cemetery on the island.



The shipwrecked sailors buried in two cemeteries of the main island.
Only the captain’s grace is marked by name.



The legend recognizes in the shouts of the gulls the voices of their souls,
who are even now looking for peace in the blue sea.



Smashed on a rock, the « Sémillante » sank on the night of February 15 to 16.



Never again since, and statistics on this point is clear,
a storm of such violence has been recorded.



The narrow passage of 14 kms between the two large islands, the passage used annually by over 20,000 ships
(commerce, transport various ships, craft) never registered a
disastrous shipwreck such as the tragic « Sémillante »



Légende de "PALLA":

please translate for me!

La déesse Pallas Athénée, furieuse d'avoir été injustement soupçonnée de trahison par les Athéniens
et désireuse de retrouver le calme et l'oubli dans une retraite paisible, se réfugia au pied du promontoire qui,
à l'extrémité de l'île Cyrnos (de nos jours : la Corse), regarde l'île Ichnusa (de nos jours : la Sardaigne).



Elle décida d'y régner en souveraine, et pour attester sa prépondérance,
y planta des branches d'oliviers que, de sa serpe d'or, elle avait coupées à l'arbre sacré du Parthénon.
et aujourd'hui il est vrai que des centaines d'oliviers sauvages et vigoureux jonches le maquis de la pointe de l'île...



Lassée sans doute de sa solitude, elle invita Diane à chasser le mouflon.
Mais celle-ci se présenta avec une suite si nombreuse de Nymphes que Pallas,
prise au dépourvu, dut faire creuser en toute hâte par des tritons qu'elle avait sollicités de Neptune,
un certain nombre de grottes où les nymphes purent s'abriter.



Ce sont ces grottes que des milliers de touristes visitent aujourd'hui, comme suite...



Right outside Spérone Resort take a boat ride to
Bonifacio Strait cliffs, to the famous "Grotte Napoleon."



la "Grotte Napoléon " between Pertusato et and Golf de Spérone



coming from Villa Spérone, your vacation villa
you can easily visit nearby caves and grotto's.



La Calanche near Pertusato



The famous cave of Sdragonato

 

The cave carved into the cliffs of Bonifacio,
the most famous Corsican city, but also the most typical.

 

Indeed, while the rest of Corsica is composed of granite,
Bonifacio is based on horizontally striped limestone cliffs



Divided between limestone cliffs on one hand ...



and the granitic chaos on the other.