The Alta Rocca area is part of the Natural Regional Park of Corsica. Protected territory, it holds marvels well-known around the world and some of them are remarkable site because of their wild beauty.
(See also the hiking paths)
The plateau of the Cuscionu
The waterfall of Piscia di Ghjaddu
Near the dam of the Ospédale, a forest path will conduce you to the waterfall of the fir « a Piscia di Ghjaddu » which spurts out from a mineral wall to fall from 70m (229ft 729⁄32in). You can’t miss this walk!
(See also the hiking path)
Sect of the Giovannali
Legend or reality ?
According to the tradition orally transmitted for about a hundred years, the architect of the time, Maestro Maternato, would have constructed the marvellous bell tower of seven-floor and not of three-floor. The inhabitants of Carbini, filled with wonder, would have decided to kill this outstanding constructer at the end of the work to avoid he constructs a such beautiful monument in other part.
Aware because of an indiscretion, Maestro Maternato asked for help in his own village, Sorbollano. There, his family kidnapped people from the delegation. Waiting for a happy end, he dismantled what he did and re-built it during the day to delay the construction. The hostages wouldn’t be free until this inspired and smart builder was free and paid. The tradition of the seven floors reminds the symbolic of the proverbial expressions of the Corsican language in which always come at seven. Maestro Maternato chose himself the stone extracted from the quarry of Marchese and bringed to the construction place by an human chain of 3 km (1mi 1520.8yd) long.
(See also the hiking path number 6 of the laps in Alta Rocca)
The St Jean Baptiste de Poggio di Tallano’s Chapel
The particular and meticulous design of the well cut stones, its immense door, its nave and the central axis testify the characteristics of the Roman patrimony. The church is a monument with a unique nave ended by a semicircular apse oriented to the East and lighted by arrow split. The moulding belt course is sometimes sculpted with human mask and heads of animals; the cornice is adorned by modillions. The frontage and the back side are adorned by a cross with an openwork design. The main entry, oriented to the West, presents arches on the pediment which is on a lintel above a door. The Roman church is an exact copy of the church San-Giovanni-Battista-di-Carbini.
A mysterious legend
« The little story, the one of the wakes, tells the legend of the church of San-Giovanni-Battista, from the middle of the XII th century. Far-off in time, the inhabitants of Poggio wanted to erect a church to Saint-Jean-Baptiste in the heart of the village. But, every night, the material disappeared from the place of the building site to be founded in the morning a bit far away. During a very dark night, the inhabitants were hidden and they saw a old men with a white barb guiding two white oxen dragging a waggon full of stones. People considering this as a divine intervention, built the church on the place indicated by the saint men.”
(See also the Mare a Mare South hiking path)