A tiny village...
In the Gulf, the hamlet of Girolata is part of the municipality of Osani. It is accessible only by sea and by a path starting from the Cross Pass on the D81 road or by taking further south, the trail GR Tra Mare e Monti.
The few houses of the hamlet are mainly situated on the small eponymous peninsula above the Focaghia beach wich also is the port of the village.
To welcome tourists, there is a lodge and several restaurants located along the Focaghia beach.
On this beach, in summer, a lot of people... mostly tourists but also more surprising encounters... like cows!
The wild beauty of the site make it very popular.
An amazing Postman
Guy Ceccaldi, nick-named 'Marathon Man', was a really amazing postman...
He became an emblematic figure of the postal administration in Corsica, an internationally-known character because of being subject of many films, reports and interviews.
To bring good and bad news to Girolata, this hamlet lost in the middle of the scrub and accessible only by sea, Guy had to walk no less than fifteen kilometers into the mountain. For that, he came on a motorbike to the Col de la Croix (Bocca a Croce), starting point of the trail, from the office of the Post Partinello which he was answerable.The only postman in France to cover as much distance to accomplish his task, he performed this fitness trail in forty minutes (counting half past one hour minimum for the average person!). He knew any stone, any shrub (of course it was his daily journey) and in ten years no one tried to take his place.
'When I have to deliver parcels, I try to take advantage of the boat. Otherwise, I leave with TchouTchou (the difficult missions donkey) ' said Guy.
Irretrievable looking-like Santa Claus 'kid' , Guy Ceccaldi knew that one day he would finally hang up his ten pairs of worn rangers scattered on the floor of his garage ...
He finally retired in October 2006.
On the 24th February, 2017, Guy is gone, leaving Girolata and all of us so sad.