Evisa’s landscape reflects the different forms of land-use over the past few centuries. It is a combination of cultural heritage and a mirror of modern methods. Houses in the village conserve the local style, though there are a few remarkable buildings from the 19th century.
Fountains and communal ovens remind us of the old way of life in the community. Along the main traffic links, the Genovese Bridge of Zaglia and other sections still paved, like the Spelunca Gorges or the Prisoner’s Path, are reminders of the Genovese era in these natural landscapes of rugged terrain.
Architecture, Village Heritage
Evisa is a grouped settlement, which is typical of Corsican villages. Its granite buildings can be one or more levels, and are determined by narrow streets. There are some very ancient constructions but they have no particularities. The poverty of the population explains the modest architecture. There are, however, some original buildings like: le “château”, la villa Marcel.
Positioned in the Spelunca Valley, allowing us to cross the Tavulella River, this Genovese Bridge was built around the end of the 18th century on one of the micro-region’s main transhumance and communication routes.
Some sections of this mule track, are still paved, which goes to show how important this road was in Genovese times. The bridge should have originally had 3 arches but was reduced to just one large one enabling better protection from the very strong currents which were generated during the melting of the winter’s snowfall. Today, it is undergoing rehabilitation work, led by the Historical Monuments Architect, due to it having been classified as a Historical Monument in 1990.
Accessible in an hour and a half if you leave Evisa Village from the cemetery or in 30 mn if you leave from the 2 bridges of Ota on RD84.
In the mountainous zones, water is everywhere. Villages were established, among other reasons, near to fountains and natural sources of water, necessary to everyday life and especially to the family’s mixed farming methods. In Evisa, the fountains at the heart of the village are the result of various efforts to improve village life in the 19th century; there are others along the main paths, some of them no longer flowing due to lack of maintenance.
Funtana di Capu Supranu (1871)
This fountain at the centre of the village is fed by the Caracuto Spring. Today it is decorated by a bust ofFlorello Ceccaldi
(The Old Fountain) This fountain is situated beneath the Village Hall.
Capu Suttanu Fountain
Alzu Ritondellu Fountain
Situated at the crossroads of the RD84 and the RD70, its unusual shape makes it an easily recognisable fountain. It marks the picnic area at the entrance of Evisa.
U Topu Tountain
(Mouse Fountain) This fountain is located in the Aïtone Forest, along the RD84 road, just before the entrance of the hamlet Paesolu d’Aïtone.