Between legend and tradition, hike and scenic view : this place will enchant more than one person !
Localisation: Crest of A Scupiccia.
The Scupiccia statue, classified by the French Art School, is a Carrara marble statue of the Virgin, localised at an altitude of 750 metres, above the village of Cervione in Northern Corsica.
Barbary pirates, in the 16th century, may have caught and sunk a ship off the coast of Prunete, which contained this Virgin statue and its column altar. It is said that this statue and its altar, sculpted in Florence, were destined to the magnificent cathedral of Córdoba, in Andalusia. Campulurinchi (the inhabitants of the Campuloru area) seized the statue, started to worship it, and called it “A Madonna di A Scupiccia”, because it has been dropped off at the place known as the Scupiccia.
The legend relates that this statue chooses itself its chapel: the Cerviuninchi (inhabitants of Cervione) opted for another place but the statue always came back on the actual Scupiccia’s location, so they had to respect its divine wish. But the actual reason for this miracle may be the fact that the inhabitants of a nearby village of Campuloru moved it to their wish since the Scupiccia is juxtaposed on the two villages.
Every 14th of August, on the occasion of the Scupiccia Vigil, musical animations take place at the chapel site. A great atmosphere and friendliness are guaranteed in this place situated at the heart of the mountains.
There are 2 access to Scupiccia. The first way, starting at Cervione, offers a wide road, where walkers and cars can pass without being in each other’s way. The second access is a marked footpath, starting at Cigli in the village of San’t Andria di Cotone. In every case, you will discover gorgeous and various landscapes, before you get to Scupiccia’s plateau, and its beautiful panoramic view of the plains.