Fesch Museum by Foot

Join a guide for a walk through the winding, narrow roads of Ajaccio, highlighted by a visit to one of its famed attractions, the Fesch Museum, a fine arts gallery housing a number of masterpieces.

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  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    2 hours

Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Anticipating your survey of Ajaccio’s major landmarks, begin your guided walk at the pier.

Admire Foch Square and its impressive statue of Napoleon and visit the cathedral where Napoleon was christened in 1771. Your walk continues along Rue Bonaparte to Maison Napoleon, the house that was in Napoleon’s family for generations and where the future emperor spent his first nine years. In 1967, the house became a museum, welcoming visitors to view original Bonaparte family effects, including portraits, miniatures, weapons and documents.

Your Ajaccio stroll next takes you to the Fesch Museum, a fine arts gallery housed in the grand, 19th-century Palais Fesch, the birthplace of the museum’s founder, cardinal Joseph Fesch. His vision was to bring an institute of arts and sciences to Ajaccio and in that pursuit, Fesch donated a great number of artworks from his own enormous collection to the museum.

 You will have approximately one hour to peruse the museum’s masterpieces independently or with your guide, exploring floors dedicated to Napoleon, contemporary artists, and 14th- to 18th-century art. Some of the more famed pieces include works by such masters as Botticelli and Titian.

All too soon, it will be time to join your guide for the short walk back to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:
As this excursion is conducted entirely by foot and involves a substantial amount of walking, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Photography is not permitted inside the museum. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.