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Calvi , France
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Set atop a lofty promontory, Calvi's massive fortified citadel offers superb wraparound views from its five bastions. Built by the town's Genoese governors, Calvi's citadel has seen off several major assaults down the centuries, fending off everyone from Franco-Turkish raiders to Anglo-Corsican armies. Inside the battlements, don't miss the well-proportioned Caserne Sampiero , which was the seat of power for the Genoese administration; and the 13th-century Cath├ędrale St-Jean Baptiste , whose most celebrated relic is the ebony Christ des Miracles, credited with saving the town from Saracen invasion in 1553.