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Torra di Roccapina

Tower of Roccapina is a ruined Genoese tower located in the commune of Sartène on the southwest coast of the Corsica. The tower sits at an elevation of 100 metres on the Cappu di Roccapina headland.

The construction of the tower was begun in 1609. It was one of a series of coastal defences built by the Republic of Genoa between 1530 and 1620 to stem the attacks by Barbary pirates. In 1994 the tower was listed as one of the official historical monuments of France.

The Conservatoire du littoral, a French government agency responsible for the protection of outstanding natural areas on the coast, has purchased 503 hectares of the Punta di u Capicciolu headland and the adjacent coastline.

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