What is its history ?
The Palazzu Nicrosi is the consecration of a young Corsican man's dream - Pierre-Marie Nicrosi left at the age of fifteen to make a fortune in the Americas in 1852. A life of labour awaited him in Montgomery, Alabama, after several weeks at sea. In order to leave this island and reach the Southern States, Pierre-Marie was forced to become a sailor. Pierre-Marie left the ship as soon as he arrived at his destination, by doing so he broke away from his commitments and it was impossible for him to embark on a return trip. His exile meant he was not called up for military service in France. In spite of himself, he had become a deserter and could not return to his country before the age of thirty. Pierre-Marie met his cousin, Mathieu Strenna, in Montgomery where he owned a tea room. They then opened a "super-service" which was revolutionary for its time, customers could serve themselves and use the wicker baskets at their disposal.
After facing the throes of the American Civil War, he returned to Corsica in 1874. He challenged himself to building a larger palazzu than Mathieu Strenna who had returned a few years earlier. And so, the Palazzu Nicrosi was born. It was built to symbolise Pierre-Marie's success and to protect a large family. For one hundred and fifty years, the Palazzu Nicrosi has been the most beautiful of the iconic American houses on Cap Corse.