A small mountain village divided between two hamlets and overlooking the Gulf of Sagone, Letia is captivating because of the small features of its surrounding nature and the richness of its small heritage
Letia, at 720 m above sea level, is made up of two hamlets: San Roch and San Martinu (Town Hall) and is situated between an olive grove and a chestnut grove. There are two possible routes to reach the village: one is towards Renno, just before reaching the chapel of St. Roch, and the other is through the village of Vico, towards Chigliani. Both routes have a spectacular view of nature with both having a spectacular view of the Sposata.
As an integral part of the Corsican Regional Natural Park, the village is rich in the diversity of its flora. Communal paths link Letia to the villages of Rennu, i Bagni, a Soccia, Vicu, Murzu and the Niolu. The GR 20 passes through Cimatella in the north of the territory and the Mare a Mare Nord crosses the commune in its entirety.
The Liamone river rises in Letia at an altitude of 2100m on the western slopes of Monte Cimatella. In the lower part of the municipality, the Liamone forms gorges and the river bed is hollowed out over most of its course.
A panorama on the convent of Saint-François, the hamlet of Nesa but also the villages of Guagno, i Bagni and Murzo, is to be discovered there and the most experienced will even go so far as to recognize the castle of Punta above Ajaccio.
Its favourable geographical position has made the village a privileged place over the years. In 1900 there were more than a thousand inhabitants. For this reason, the village is rich in vernacular heritage (ovens, flour and oil mills, threshing floors, sheepfolds, casgili, fountains, cisterns, roughcasting factory, tile ovens, carbunare, etc.) linked to agro-pastoral activities.
The village is under the protection of the two patron saints who gave the names of the two hamlets, San Martinu celebrated on 11 November and San Roccu celebrated on 16 August. The paintings in the two parish churches are the work of the Russian painter Ivan Choupik.
Pour la petite histoire :
Les traces les plus anciennes du village remontent au IXe siècle.
Orlandino (neveu d’Ugo Colonna), institué par son oncle "Seigneur de Vico", fit construire un château à Letia appelé “Castello della Catena”, qui fut probablement détruit au cours du XIVe siècle, en 1329. A noter au passage une curiosité géologique sur le ruisseau de la Catena, au lieu de construction du château des seigneurs de Leca, la dalle rocheuse forme une arche d’une dizaine de mètres de haut « l’Arcu di a Catena ».
Les constructions les plus anciennes remontent à l’époque pisane, entre le XIe et le XIIIe siècle.
Letia est saccagé et incendié en 1489, suite à la campagne de <
Ajaccio at 63 km
Ajaccio at 63 km