The history is closely related to the invasions undergone during centuries. To escape the dangers coming from the sea, the islanders gave up the littoral to take refuge in the mountains of the interior. It is of this forced retirement that is resulting the proud one and single Corsican identity.
“The emerged Mountain of the sea” or “the Tower water of the Mediterranean”, are as many names which testify to the richness of Corsica.
At all times it poked covetousnesses of its neighbors, Greeks, Romains, Barbaresques, Italian, French, and Spanish. Their passages, Corsica keeps in it cultural, religious and linguistic vestiges. This richness of the external contributions contributed to forge the Corsican identity with the wire of the centuries.
It is advisable to note in the insular culture the dominating place of the Church and the ancestral beliefs. Mysticism is still very long-lived in the island.
The richnesses of the ground are given today to the honor in a new gastronomy of soil. A dynamic craft industry rediscovering the traditional techniques, sometimes forgotten has strongly developed for a few years, its products are exported more and more. It is a little all that Corsica.
The day of the Good Friday with Sartène proceeds the Procession of Catenacciu (the penitent one) which represents the Passion of Christ. Catenacciu is dissimulated under a hood and a red dress, it carries the cross and a chain. Along the course through the streets of the old city, it falls and is raised three times like Christ. An at the same time disconcerting and attractive spectacle.