ZOZA

The village is built on a hillside and has the distinctive feature of being in the shade (à l' umbria), facing the north, thus emphasising the sensation of being locked into an impressive circle of mountains that is crossed by the wild Rizzanese stream. This mountain environment, though of modest proportions (the culminating point of the commune being the Rocher du Tafunatu, at 847 meters) does perceptibly reduce the amount of sun the village receives in winter.

And so, as the saying goes
Zoza di mala furtuna
D' invernu, mai sole
D' estate, mai luna
in other words:
Zoza the unfortunate
In winter, never sun
In summer, never moon

To the south-west of the commune, a 455 meter peak called PUNTA DI CASTEDDU gets its name from an ancient square tower whose foundations can still be seen. This tower was built on the site of the Casteddu di Riccio, and was called TORRA DI CASTEDDU in the 14th century. In the Middle Ages, it exerted control over this part of the Rizzanese. The PUNTA DI CASTEDDU used to be an outpost whence the Corsicans could observe the movements of the Saracen troops in the valley. At Punta di Casteddu there is also a deep cavern which, so the legend goes, was connected to the Rizzanese river. The various village quarters of ZOZA, called MEZZA IN SU or MEZZA IN GHJO, CORRENTINO, POGGIOLO, MEZZA IN SOPRA, PRETRAJOLO and CHJERCHIAJA contain large and splendid houses, some of which have a fine granite facade. The houses display the regional variations ranging from the simple casseddu arranged as a summer house to the family mansion, with balconies and roughcast walls, and the narrow abode in the shape of a tower with rough stones visible. Coming from SANTA LUCIA, at the western entrance to the village, visitors are greeted by a fairly large wooden cross. The latter was donated by a local craftsman and is surprising on account of the suspended tools (pliers, hammer, ladder, nail ), which recall the Passion of Christ. Slightly further down, one can see the granite church of SANTA MARGHARITA. Its elegant side campanile, slender and with openings in the stonework, dominates the terraced gardens. On July 20, after the high mass, the inhabitants still organise a procession in honour of Saint Margaret. To the north-east of the village, it is possible to climb down on foot to the PONTI VECCHJU which crosses the Rizzanese river. Upstream there is a pretty waterfall, and downstream the two natural pools are greatly appreciated in summer. After Zoza , the road rises towards Sorbollano, running alongside the river : the place is ideal for those who enjoy fishing and canoeing-kayak.