Bonifacio

A Bunifaziu aria de Roma e mare d’u Laziu
Maybe… but I have found very little of Rome and Lazio.

My story with Bonifacio started many years ago.
Despite being very small, I have known her little by little. Initially, in the late 90′, it was too far for the boat that my family had to reach it (we had base in Palau, Sardinia). Afterwards, once the “right rubber dinghy” had been reached, Bonifacio was faced only in the evening, after a day spent perhaps in Lavezzi or Isola Piana.
The return was at night, navigation is never easy, so we tried never to be too late. Over time, even this “rule” was disregarded little by little. Coming only in August, 3/4 times, I first learned to appreciate the port, where it was always a problem to find a place to leave the dinghy for dinner (After we met Gérard, one of the moorings guys, the problem was solved).
The entrance is majestic, passing through the narrow channel.

1) Path
2) What to visit
3) Eating
4) How to get here
5) Notes
6) Photo Gallery
Bonifacio

• Path

• What to visit

Since the most of the time i’ve been there with a rubber boat, my visits usually started form the harbour and continued in high city.
Entering the harbour it is possible to find a little area just after the gas station, on the right bank.
Ask for Jerome (the head of dock workers) if you need anything.
The entrance offers stunning views, with the high bastions of the Citadel on the top and the crowded quay on the bottom. Especially in August the bystander boats are quite opulent and the atmosphere is similar to the one you can smell in Nice or Cannes during the high-season.
Just in front of the boat-parking is possible to get the citadel using Montée Rastello staircase, a short but steep path. Around the staircase a lot of little restaurants and dress shops have been developed during the last 20 years.
At the top, after crossed the D160A rout towards fortress, it’s possible to admire the skyline, with Sardinia in the opposite side of the sea. The Chapelle de Saint-Roch is just in the right side of the platform.
Using the walkable path is possible to enter La Porte De Gênes after a short and steep climb. Welcome in the Citadel, the old town.
You will indulge on those old roads, admiring little restaurants and shops, in a warm atmosphere.
Harbour entrance

Not so far away from the harbour (~ 6 km) it’s possible to visit the Ancien Ermitage de la Trinite: this is a very nice nature trails in the maquis that cover the area with amazin rock formations that were sculptured by wind and rain.
I really enjoyed all the different plants and flowers blooming in late spring. White and pink cistus flowers everywhere. In around 1 h there’s a lighthouse, Capo di Fenu.
It’s 12 m high and here you can see a detailed description.
The interior is empty except the battery and the control system of the light. In front of the building it’s possible to have a swim in a natural pool. Here the GPX track.

Capo di Fenu

An interesting place could be Tour d’Olmeto. I tried to go one time but the access is blocked by the maquis from NW. The best way would be to start from Plage de Furnellu.

• What to eat

The best dishes i’ve tasted:

  • Aubergines à la bonifacienne. Reachable everywhere, i suggest L’Archivolto. High prices
  • Pain, beurre et confiture. On B’52 and in a small bar just behing the Boulodrome i ate the best in my life
  • Panini, a lot nearby. Good for lunch if you’re going to Lavezzi Island using a guided tour

Lunch at Shek

• Hot to get here

There are 2 main roads to Bonifacio: T10 and T40.
In all the seasons 2 different ferry lines are on duty between S.Teresa di Gallura and Bonifacio (if only Paolo Saverini’s widow had known it…): Moby Lines and Blue Lines.
Of course the best way is to own a dinghy boat and get there by yourself. Pay attention to the so called Bonifacio’s mouths: the open water area between Corsica and Sardinia are not sheltered from the wind so the waves are often insidious and it’s better to take care of the wind forecasts in advance. Often the wind raises during the day, with a peak around 5pm.

• Notes

Bonifacio is the location of a not so famous novel of Guy de Maupassant, called A Vendetta. Here you can read it freely.
Suggestion: take care that the dog has eaten.

Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue? and why during sunset it becames red? Look at this image:
scattering
The Rayleigh scattering is the answer!
Every atom or particle, exposed to light, absorb light energy and re-emit in different direction and with different intensity (scattering).
So particles smaller than 1/10 of the wavelength can scatter the light.
Its amount it’s inversely proportional to the fourth power of the wavelength.
Since yellow has a wavelength 20 to 27 % higher than the blue one, it is not so hit by scattering, as opposed to blue light that is heavily scattered as it moves far away from the sun: that’s why the sun is yellow (direct light): the blue light has been scatterd at the entrance of the light into the atmosphere.
The light tangent to us is scattered as she “walks” on the sky, so it’s like a sort of blue rain on our heads, while the yellow one goes into the deep space.
Viewed from space, however, the sky is black and the sun is white.
The scattering at 400 nm (violet) is ~10 times higher than the one at 700 nm (red).
Cloud droplets are bigger than wavelength so no scatter happens for those (Mie scattering affects here).
Scattering by V

• Photo gallery

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