Corsica is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily, Sardinia, and Cyprus). It is located west of Italy, southeast of France, and north of the island of Sardinia.
Corsica is considered one of the 26 régions of France, although strictly speaking Corsica is designated as a "territorial collectivity" by law. As a territorial collectivity, it enjoys greater powers than other French régions, but for the most part its status is quite similar. Corsica is referred to as a "région" in common speech, and is almost always listed among the other régions of France. Although the island is separated from the continental mainland by the Ligurian Sea and is much closer to Italia than to France, politically Corsica is considered part of Metropolitan France.
Corsica is famed as the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte. His ancestral home, Casa Buonaparte, is located there still (in Ajaccio).
Calvi is a small city of the Haute-Corse departement. It's situated in the region of "Balagne".
The 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) of the French Foreign Legion is based there.