Tower in Nonza, Corsica, France.

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Tour de Nonza

The Northeast Coast

Atop a footpath that winds up between the rocks opposite the church, the stark Tour de Nonza is an 18th-century structure erected on the ruins of a Genoese watchtower. In 1768, a single defender managed to hold off an attacking French army, using an intricate system of rope-operated rifles. It now holds a tacky seasonal souvenir shop, but the views from the surrounding platform are stupendous.

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