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Autun

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Autun

Situated at the southern end of the Morvan Natural Park, Autun is sturdy and dependable like its ramparts, surrounded by open countryside – rivers, lakes, fields and farms. To get in the swing of things, head to the square in front of the cathedral, and on a sunny day, sit and enjoy a café life.

This is a town that basks in its Roman origins. Several of the ancient gateways into the town still exist - Porte d'Arroux, built in the 1st century and Porte St-André, the 4th century gateway. After the Romans conquered Bibracte from the Gauls, Emperor Augustus set up his headquarters here in the 1st century, calling the town Augustodunum. It grew in prosperity, controlling the Agrippa Way along the trade route from Lyon to Boulogne. Augustus built the largest Roman Amphitheatre of its time, seating up to 20,000 spectators and the remains can still be seen today, with summer spectaculars performed there each year celebrating past glories.

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Burgundy & Franche-Comté

Burgundy considers itself the heart of France, a prosperous region with world-renowned wine, earthy but excellent cuisine and magnificent architecture. Franche-Comté to the east combines gentle farmland with lofty Alpine forests.  Add the plethora of world-class wineries to some of France’s most gorgeous countryside and you have the recipe for a perfect tour of Burgundy.

Bungundy’s vignerons (winegrowers) only have small vineyards, rarely more than 10 hectares, and they produce small quantities of very good wine. Burgundy reds are made with pinot noir grapes and the best vintages demand 10 to 20 years to age; whites are made with chardonnay. The region’s most famous wine route, the Route des Grands Crus, and its often narrow variants wend their way between stone-built villages and steeple-topped churches or the turrets of a chateau peeping above the trees.

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Other Local Activities in Burgundy & Franche-Comté

  • Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Autun
  • Auxerre
  • Avallon
  • Basilique-Ste-Sainte Marie-Madeleine, Vzelay
  • Beaune
  • Brancion
  • Cathdrale St-tienne
  • Chablis
  • Chteauneuf-en-Auxois
  • Château d'Ancy-le-Franc
  • Château de Bazoches
  • Château de Bussy-Rabutin
  • Château de Cormatin
  • Château de Sully
  • Château de Tanlay
  • Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
  • Htel-Dieu (Muse du Vin de Bourgogne)
  • La Basilique du Sacr-Coeur
  • LAbbaye de Cluny
  • LAbbaye St. Philibert
  • Montral
  • Noyers-sur-Serein
  • Saulieu
  • Semur-en-Auxois
  • Semur-en-Brionnais