The pretty white houses of Piana, perched high above the elegant Saint-Marie bell tower, look down over the Gulf of Porto, facing the Scandola peninsula (famous for its natural reserve) and Senino.
Near Piana is the wild beach of Arone. The most extraordinary thing about this village, listed as one of the most beautiful in France (the only place in South Corsica to be included on the list), are the calanques, or "calanche" in Corsican, (deep rocky inlets), which so enthused Maupassant: "these strange, pink granite rocks, 300 m high [...]assume the forms of fairy tale characters, petrified by some supernatural power...".
Since 1983, the Calanques de Piana, the Gulf of Girolata and the Scandola reserve have all been recognized, by Unesco, as world heritage sites.
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