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Place du Donjon

Home to a striking Genoese palace, this pleasant square is also a gateway into the twisting alleyways of Bastia’s picturesque citadel.

Admire centuries-old palaces, visit an art and history museum and explore the ancient streets of Bastia’s Terra Nova (Citadel) at Place du Donjon. Surrounding Place du Donjon are elegant amber-hued houses, some home to bars, cafés and pizzerias. Sit at an outdoor terrace and order a coffee or a Cap Corse, which is an aperitif of fortified wine, quinine and herbs.

Dominating Place du Donjon is the magnificent Governor’s Palace, a Genoese structure that dates back to the 15th century. Have your camera ready to capture beautiful shots from the palace’s garden. Look down on the rooftops of Bastia’s Vieux Port (Old Port) and spot major city landmarks such as the twin-towered Church of St. Jean Baptiste. Gaze out to the endless blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Step inside the palace to visit the Musée de Bastia (Bastia Museum). Discover the history of Bastia through a vast collection of folk art, ceramics, clothing and period furniture, among other artifacts. Learn about the architectural development of the city’s historic Vieux Port and Terra Nova districts. In summer, you can watch an audio-visual presentation that highlights the Governor’s Palace’s changes from a palace to a military barracks and a museum.

Leading from Place du Donjon are many winding streets that weave through the striking Terra Nova district. Examine the neoclassical-style Cathedral of St. Marie and the Oratory of La Sainte Croix, which houses a sacred black crucifix found by two fishermen in 1428. Wander along the old city ramparts and visit the pretty Jardin Romieu. From here stairs lead down to the Vieux Port district. 

Located south of Bastia’s city center, Place du Donjon is about a 20-minute walk from Place St.-Nicolas. If arriving by car, you’ll find the most convenient place to park at the Vieux Port. The Governor’s Palace and Musée de Bastia are open from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission fees apply for both the palace’s garden and the museum exhibits. Find full details on the museum’s official website.


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Lodging Near Place du Donjon

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$174
Hôtel des Gouverneurs

Hôtel des Gouverneurs

3 bis rue des Turquines, Bastia
4.6
of 5, from 39 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is steps from Musee de Bastia, Oratoire de la Confrerie de Sainte Croix, and Palais des Gouverneurs. Eglise Ste-Marie and Place du Donjon are also within 5 minutes.

$63
Best Western Corsica Hotel Bastia Centre

Best Western Corsica Hotel Bastia Centre

20 Avenue Jean Zuccarelli, Bastia
4.0
of 5, from 318 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bastia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of UNA Volta Cultural Center and Place St-Nicolas. Bastia Vieux Port Marina and Church of St-Jean-Baptiste are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$67
Hôtel Posta Vecchia

Hôtel Posta Vecchia

1 rue Posta Vecchia, Bastia
3.6
of 5, from 161 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bastia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of St-Jean-Baptiste, Bastia Vieux Port Marina, and Place St-Nicolas. UNA Volta Cultural Center and Romieu Gardens are also within 10 minutes.

Bastia Center - Renovated Apartment 125m2 & Light

Bastia Center - Renovated Apartment 125m2 & Light

1 Boulevard Auguste Gaudin, Bastia
2.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bastia, this apartment building is steps from Romieu Gardens, Musee de Bastia, and Place du Donjon.

$60
Hôtel Posta Eco

Hôtel Posta Eco

Quai des Martyrs de la Libération, Bastia
3.2
of 5, from 41 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bastia, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of St-Jean-Baptiste and Bastia Vieux Port Marina. Place St-Nicolas and UNA Volta Cultural Center are also within 10 minutes.

Hôtel Du Palais Bastia Centre

Hôtel Du Palais Bastia Centre

2 boulevard Paoli, Bastia
1.9
of 5, from 7 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bastia, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bastia Vieux Port Marina and Church of St-Jean-Baptiste. Romieu Gardens and UNA Volta Cultural Center are also within 10 minutes.

Superb F4 Overlooking the Old Port, Renovated, Luxurious Air-conditioned

Superb F4 Overlooking the Old Port, Renovated, Luxurious Air-conditioned

2 rue de la Marine, Bastia
5.0
of 5, from 18 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bastia, this property is steps from Church of St-Jean-Baptiste and Bastia Vieux Port Marina.

$64
Hôtel Riviera

Hôtel Riviera

1 Bis, Rue Adolphe Landry, Bastia
3.5
of 5, from 123 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Bastia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place St-Nicolas and UNA Volta Cultural Center. Church of St-Jean-Baptiste and Bastia Vieux Port Marina are also within 15 minutes.