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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, it has fended 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 Cathédrale St-Jean Baptiste , whose most celebrated relic is the ebony Christ des Miracles, credited with saving the town from Saracen invasion in 1553.