Ajaccio is located on the west coast of the island of Corsica, 210 nautical miles southeast of Marseille.
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The most famous of these is Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born in Ajaccio in 1769, and whose ancestral home, the Maison Bonaparte, is a museum.
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Therefore, the urban area of Ajaccio is located in the east of the commune on a narrow coastal strip forming a densely populated arc.
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Ajaccio gives the image of a city built on two different levels.
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Ajaccio began with a castle on Capo di Bolo, around which he constructed residences for several hundred people.
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Ajaccio was occupied from 1553 to 1559 by the French, but it again fell to the Genoese after the Treaty of Cateau Cambresis in the latter year.
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Ajaccio did not share his father's views but held Pasquale Paoli in high esteem and was at heart a Corsican nationalist.
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On 9 September 1943, the people of Ajaccio rose up against the Nazi occupiers and became the first French town to be liberated from the domination of the Germans.
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Today Ajaccio is the capital of Corsica and the main town of the island and seeks to establish itself as a true regional centre.
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Ajaccio was a hotspot for violence during the violent unrest in March 2022.
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Ajaccio is an administrative centre comprising communal, intercommunal, departmental, regional, and prefectural services.
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Ajaccio is the seat of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ajaccio and Corsica South.
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Port of Ajaccio is connected to the French mainland on an almost daily basis .
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Railway station in Ajaccio belongs to Chemins de fer de la Corse and is located near the port at the Square Pierre Griffi.
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Ajaccio remained an electoral stronghold of the Bonapartist party until the municipal elections of 2001.
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Since December 2001, Ajaccio has been part of the Communaute d'agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien with nine other communes: Afa, Alata, Appietto, Cuttoli-Corticchiato, Peri, Sarrola-Carcopino, Tavaco, Valle-di-Mezzana, and Villanova.
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Ajaccio has a varied tourism potential, with both a cultural framework in the centre of the city and a natural heritage around the coves and beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the Natura 2000 reserve of the iles Sanguinaires.
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