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Located in the haute-Corse department of France, in the north east of the island of Corsica lies the town of Bastia. The town is Corsica's main hub for commercial activity and is also its principal port, which is in fact divided into three parts. The old port ("Vieux Port") lies in a narrow cove and is mainly used by non-commercial operators such as pleasure and fishing boats. The commercial ferry port is a little north of the town and even further to the north is the Toga Marina which is mainly used by leisure craft such as yachts and sailing boats.
There are a number of visitor attractions in the town including The Museum of Corsica. There is also The Fortress with its keep and 16th century bell tower which provides great views over the old port, Terra Vecchia, the mountains and the coast. There is also the former palace of the Genoese governors which is now home to the museum of Corsican Ethnography.
The ferry Port of Bastia links Bastia to France (Marseille, Nice and Toulon) and Italy (Genoa, La Spezzia, Livorno, Piombino, Savona, Portoferraio).
The Italian town of Piombino was once the ancient port of Felesia and today provides its many visitors with two splendid viewpoints that enable visitors to fully appreciate the town's amazing coastline. Providing stunning views over the sea is the natural terrace of Piazza Bovio and at the old port visitors will find the perfect location to sit and watch the hive of activity in the fishing port, along with its daily auction. The town is characterised by its paved streets that are lined with restaurants and wine bars and where delicious local food and wine can be sampled. In fact, the region has a strong links with gastronomy which includes the local growing of Baccala and potatoes and its local fish stew which contains Caciucco, Cuttlefish and stewed or stuffed Mussels. Piombino's 'Little Paris' district, named in reference to the rule of Elisa Bonaparte, contains a number of historic buildings that serve to remind visitors of the city's importance during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. These include the Rivellino, the Palazzo Nuovo, and the 16th century castle built by Cesare Borgia to defend the city.
From the port of Piombino ferries depart direct to the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago (Elba Island is just 10km from the coast), as well as to Sardinia and Corsica.