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The road into Azilone-Ampaza
The road into Azilone-Ampaza
Azilone-Ampaza is located in France
Coordinates: 41°51′54″N 9°00′53″E / 41.865°N 9.0147°E / 41.865; 9.0147Coordinates: 41°51′54″N 9°00′53″E / 41.865°N 9.0147°E / 41.865; 9.0147
Country France
Region Corsica
Department Corse-du-Sud
Arrondissement Ajaccio
Canton Taravo-Ornano
 • Mayor (2001–2020) Antoine Peretti
Area1 7.96 km2 (3.07 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 142
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 2A026 /20190
Elevation 354–909 m (1,161–2,982 ft)
(avg. 420 m or 1,380 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Azilone-Ampaza (Azilonu è Àmpaza in Corsican: pronounced [a.d͡zi.ˈlɔ̃.nɛ ˈɑ̃ɱ.pa.d͡za]) is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.


Azilone-Ampaza is located in the Panicale Valley in the Middle Taravo region some 22 km east by south-east of Ajaccio and 4 km east of Grosseto-Prugna. The D83 road from Santa-Maria-Siché to Zévaco passes through the northern tip of the commune but has no connection to the village. Access to the village is by road D26 from Olivese in the south-east which enters the commune from the south, passing through the village, then loops south again to join the Route nationale N196 south-west of the commune. Apart from the main village there are the hamlets of Ampaza in the north-west and Azilone south of the village. The commune is rugged and heavily forested.[1]

Neighbouring communes and villages[1][edit]


Both villages originated from the hamlet of Calcinaghju which was in the middle of the valley and destroyed by the Moors. Under the Paolinu and Genovese administrative systems, the commune belonged to the Pieve of Ornano. The town is now mainly known for being a high point on the Tour de Corse, an event that counts for the World Rally Championship (WRC).


List of Successive Mayors[2]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2020 Antoine Peretti

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 142 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
- 329 281 302 320 344 396 422 444
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
439 406 398 388 463 457 417 493 466
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
488 584 612 266 510 531 513 311 224
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
211 178 129 101 77 93 - 142 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Azilone-Ampaza War Memorial
Population of Azilone-Ampaza

Culture and heritage[edit]

Religious heritage[edit]

The Chapel of Saint-Saveur d'Ampaza
The Parish Church of Sainte-Marie at Azilone
  • The Chapel of Saint-Saveur d'Ampaza contains a Tabernacle (16th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg which is registered as an historical object.[3]
  • The Parish Church of Sainte-Marie contains a Monstrance (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg which is registered as an historical object.[4]

Azilone-Ampaza Photo Gallery[edit]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

A Statue of Monseigneur Paul Mathieu de la Foata in Azilone
  • Monseigneur Paul Mathieu de la Foata (1817-1899), Bishop of Ajaccio and author of Poesie giocose
  • Arthur Giovoni (1909-1996), resistance fighter from the beginning of the war, communist MP, Companion of the Liberation
  • Eliane Eva Vincileoni (1930-1989), militant libertarian, niece of Arthur Giovoni, coordinator of the anti-Franco struggle in Catalonia, founder of the group Materialismo e Libertad in Milan, Italy.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. ^ a b Google Maps
  2. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  3. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM2A000300 Tabernacle (in French)
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM2A000255 Monstrance (in French)

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