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A view of part of the village
A view of part of the village
Bocognano is located in France
Coordinates: 42°04′54″N 9°03′26″E / 42.0817°N 9.0572°E / 42.0817; 9.0572Coordinates: 42°04′54″N 9°03′26″E / 42.0817°N 9.0572°E / 42.0817; 9.0572
Country France
Region Corsica
Department Corse-du-Sud
Arrondissement Ajaccio
Canton Gravona-Prunelli
Intercommunality Haute Vallée de la Gravona
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Achille Martinetti
Area1 71.12 km2 (27.46 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 482
 • Density 6.8/km2 (18/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 2A040 /20136
Elevation 338–2,347 m (1,109–7,700 ft)
(avg. 700 m or 2,300 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.

Bocognano (in Corsican Bucugnà, pronounced [bu.ku.ɲa]) is a commune located in the department of Corse-du-Sud, on the island of Corsica, France. The village, situated at the south-western side of the climb to the Col de Vizzavona, belongs to the micro of Celavo which is historically the capital.



Halfway between Ajaccio and Corte, the village of Bocognano is renowned for its privileged position at the foot of Monte d'Oro, its chestnut woods and waterfall Le Voile de la Mariée. Bocognano, along with 9 other communes, belongs to the canton of Celavo-Mezzana. It is adherent to the Regional Natural Park of Corsica, in the Gravona territory. Its natural heritage, the purity of its sources, the quality of its reception and climate make it a popular summer destination near Ajaccio.

Geology and terrain[edit]

Bocognano is a mountain village located in the granite part of the island. It occupies an area surrounded by chains of high mountains of Monte d'Oro massif in the North, and the massif of Monte Renoso South, through which flows the Gravona river. It is the upper valley of the Gravona, the river taking its source on the slopes of Monte Renoso at 2110 m altitude.


The hydrographic network is dense. The river Gravona is fed by many streams which are only appointed on maps. Many springs rise in its territory and form natural fountains.

Climate and vegetation[edit]

The territory has a tiered vegetation. Below the rocky peaks, clouds, appear odorant alders (bassu in Corsican), and beech woodlands can be found at the top of the valley. Lower altitudes are covered by forests, mainly composed of oaks and pines, and the chestnut wood located in an area between 600 and 800 meters. Chestnut trees planted along the road north of the village attracts many collectors and gatherers at the time of hatching bugs.

Three communal forests cover a large part of the city:

  • Bocognano / Pastricciola / Tavera (1451 ha);
  • Bastelica / Bocognano (3957 ha);
  • Azzana / Bocognano / Pastricciola / Rezza / Tavera (1045 ha).

Channels of communication and transport[edit]

Bocognano is distant 38 km from the Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte airport, and 42 km from the commercial port of Ajaccio.

Road access[edit]

Bocognano is accessible by car ( RN 193 ) from Ajaccio (36 km), and Corte (41 km). To come from Corte, one must cross the pass of Vizzavona (altitude 1163 m). In winter, it is prudent to bring chains. The D27 is a road which connects the RN 193 from Bocognano to the RN 196 in Cauro. This small road provides access to the nearby village of Bastelica after a winding 22 km route crossing the neck of the Scalella (1193 m). It is sometimes closed in winter.


Road haulage[edit]

A service of passenger transport by bus (bus Corsica), provided by the carrier EUROCORSE Travel makes every day except Sundays and holidays, links Corte-Ajaccio-Bastia and vice versa.

Rail Transport[edit]

Bocognano is served by the line of Railways of Corsica. It has a railway station.


Bocognano is a large village, situated at an average altitude of 650 meters. It is composed of eleven hamlets: Celli, Busso, Poggiola, Moraschi and Corsacci being the most important, Pietrajolo, Quercioli, Gare, Colleta, Villanova and Erbajo. Inhabitants were once nomadic herders who practiced transhumance ; they spent the summer pastures in the mountains (a muntagnera) and winter on the coast (the impiaghjera), especially in the plains' of Afa . Houses with two or three floors and red roofs present austere facades. Some small businesses are open in Corsacci (bar, bakery, butcher, restaurant, etc.). In Corsacci, Bocognano has a post office, the Office of Tourism of Upper Gravona open during the summer, an elementary school, a center for 1st intervention Fire Brigade and a brigade of the National Gendarmerie. Once existed above the hamlet of Busso, the castle of Count Busso. A legend says that one can see some evenings, at night, flames near the castle. They come from damned souls of the Count who can not find rest. There are many sheepfolds in altitude, although many are no longer occupied for summer pastures.

Policy and Administration[edit]

List of mayors[edit]

Period Identity Label
1965-1983 Pierre Muraccioli
1983-2014 Martin Muraccioli UDF And UMP
2014-2020 Achilles Martinetti Nationalist

Population and Society[edit]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 376 —    
1968 404 +7.4%
1975 340 −15.8%
1982 315 −7.4%
1990 290 −7.9%
1999 343 +18.3%
2008 482 +40.5%

Cultural events and festivities[edit]


Festimonti is the annual festival of the mountain. It is organized since 2001 by the association U Liamu Gravunincu in collaboration with the municipality of Bocognano. Its mission is to promote and enhance the micro Valley Gravona. The event takes place on the last weekend of September or in October.

Fiera di a Castagna[edit]

The chestnut fair (Fiera di a Casagna in Corsican) is probably the most famous agricultural fair in Corsica, one of the oldest, regular and whose success can not be denied every year ... Since 1982, Fiera di a Castagna takes place the first weekend of December. Organized by the Foyer Rural U Castagnu, this fair is the main event of the end of the year: it attracts thousands of visitors from all corners of the island and more than 150 exhibitors. In a structure of 3000 m 2 the best food and handicrafts of the island are represented. If the chestnut, particularly in flour, is the key element of the event, there are also certified products such as honey, brocciu (typical Corsican cheese), hazelnut, wine, olive oil ... but no charcuterie (the island's speciality). Sweets and chocolates, pastries, beer and cheeses are also honored. The craftsmanship is also very well represented through pottery, cutlery, woodworking ... The event is based on a strict code of quality. Booths expose the Corsican literature in all areas, let others find the old songs and melodies on CD-ROM . The entertainment is provided by local radio France Bleu Frequenza Corsica Mora . Note that the Basque Country has returned in 2011 for the third time to discover and rediscover what it has to offer rich soil.



The Sporting Club Bocognano Gravona (SCBG) is the village's football club. It was created in 1986 on the initiative of the village youth. The club now plays in Division of honor and has 180 licensees. In addition to its first team the club has six categories of youth, from beginners to U19. The club operates at the municipal stadium located south of the village. The stadium was renovated in 2009 and features a synthetic lawn. President since its creation: Michel Galea - François Mancini - Francis Padovani - François Casasoprana - Franck Risterucci (since 2001). The club has a website .

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