The capital of the French
island of Corsica
. Situated in the Corse du sud
department, the town has a population of around 60,000. Founded by the Genoese in the 15th century, the town sits in a picturesque bay with a backdrop of mountains.
Ajaccio's claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Napoleon. His family home has been preserved exactly as it was when the French hero lived there. For those interested in history, relics related to Napoleon can be found in the Hotel de Ville and the cathedral.