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Location of Bastelicaccia
Bastelicaccia is located in France
Bastelicaccia is located in Corsica
Coordinates: 41°55′23″N 8°49′45″E / 41.9231°N 8.8292°E / 41.9231; 8.8292Coordinates: 41°55′23″N 8°49′45″E / 41.9231°N 8.8292°E / 41.9231; 8.8292
IntercommunalityVallée du Prunelli
 • Mayor (2001–08) Antoine Ottavi
18.21 km2 (7.03 sq mi)
 • Density180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
2A032 /20129
Elevation7–888 m (23–2,913 ft)
(avg. 30 m or 98 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.

Bastelicaccia (Corsican: A Bastirgaccia) is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.[1]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Bastilcacci or Bastelicacciais and Bastelicacciaises.[2]


Bastelicaccia is 11 kilometres (7 mi) to the east of the centre of Ajaccio and immediately to the east of Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport. It was created in 1865 between the Gravona and Prunelli Rivers. The highest point in the commune is Monte Aragnasco. Access to the commune is by Route nationale N196 which passes through the south of the commune from the airport in the west to Cauro in the east. The D3 branches off the N196 at the south-western edge of the commune and goes north-east through the commune to Ocana. Access to the village is by the D303 which branches from the D3 in the commune and goes north to the village then continues north to join the D1 west of Cuttoli-Corticchiato. Apart from the main village there are the villages of Colombina, Macina, Bottacina, Cagile, Casaccia, Mascarone, Cuara, Funtanacciu, Mascardaccia, Suaralta, Forcala, and Pisciatello. The commune is hilly with many villages, farms, and some forests.[3][4]

One of the traditional cheeses of Corsica is called bastelicacciu after the commune. It is produced in the lower valleys of the Gravona and Prunelli.[5]


On the 18th century land survey Bastelicaccia was better known as Bastélica-Communes. It became populated from the beginning of the 19th century.

With a land area of 1820 hectares, the population of about 800 in Bastelica village considered that it was easier to settle in the plains for most farmers as the lowland climate was better in winter. So, in summer, there would be an annual migration back to Bastelica village. As a result, the Chief Surveyor advised the creation of the commune of Bastelicaccia.

Bastelicaccia is part of the Canton of Ajaccio-5. The Canton also includes Alata, Villanova and part of Ajaccio.[6]

Bastelicaccia has evolved at a rapid pace due to the proximity of the regional capital and its urban sprawl.


List of Successive Mayors[7]

From To Name Party Position
1866 M. Seta
1866 1870 Joseph Benielli
1871 1871 François Porri
1871 1876 Jean-Pierre Frassati
1876 1878 Innocent Valle
1878 1900 Dominique Valle
1900 1908 Jean-Toussaint Ottavi
1908 1919 Baptiste Paoletti
1925 1930 Vincent Vincenti
1930 1935 Joseph Vincenti
1935 1959 Henri Antonetti
1959 1977 Pierre Benielli
1977 1995 Augustin Gambarelli
2001 2020 Antoine Ottavi DVG

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 3,283 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
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
418 200 514 506 535 570 750
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
769 843 783 715 718 729 753 789 677
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
705 779 887 1,504 2,072 2,769 3,063 3,283 -

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

Population of Bastelicaccia

Culture and heritage[edit]

Civil heritage[edit]

The commune has a very large number of houses that are registered as historical monuments. For a complete list including links to descriptions (in French) click here.

As well as the houses the commune also has a number of other sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • A Bread Oven at Cagili (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[8]
  • The Prunelli Inn at Pisciatella (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[9]
  • The old Primary School at Fontanaccio (1882)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[10]
  • The old Primary School at Pedocchio (1882)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[11]

Religious heritage[edit]

The Church of Saint Michel (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[12] The Church contains a Statue: Christ on the Cross (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg which is registered as an historical object.[13]

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, 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 and 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. ^ Bastelicaccia on Lion1906
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Corse-du-Sud (in French)
  3. ^ a b Bastelicaccia on Google Maps
  4. ^ Bastelicaccia on the Géoportail from National Geographic Institute (IGN) website (in French)
  5. ^ "France, le trésor des régions: Département: Haut-Corse" (in French). Retrieved 27 November 2015..
  6. ^ Décret n° 2014-229 du 24 février 2014 portant délimitation des cantons dans le département de la Corse-du-Sud
  7. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001372 Bread Oven (in French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001350 Prunelli Inn (in French)
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001319 Fontanaccio Primary School (in French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001318 Pedocchio Primary School (in French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA2A001317 Church of Saint Michel (in French)
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM2A000172 Statue: Christ on the Cross (in French)