Outings

Within a radius of 100 kilometres, you can reach the majority of Burgundy's attractions. Beaune and its romantic historic centre have been at the heart of the Burgundy wine trade for centuries. First documented in Roman times, Beaune received its city rights, a charter of privileges granted by the local rulers, in 1203. Founded as an almshouse in 1443, the Hôtel-Dieu is today home to a museum, and is the town's most spectacular attraction. Every year, it is the venue for the Charité wine auction in November and the international baroque festival in July. You can reach Beaune in about 20 minutes from La Vierge Romaine.

Dijon, Burgundy's historic capital, can be reached in about one hour. The city has an impressively beautiful historic centre, which you can view by following the Owl's Trail, a sight-seeing trail. The museum in the ducal palace is particularly interesting. Dijon is also famous for its mustard.




An outing to Tournus is rewarding alone for the beautiful architecture of the 11th-century Saint Philibert church. A stand-out feature of the church is its barrel vault in the nave. Tournus is about 40 minutes from La Vierge Romaine.

Cluny is particularly famous for its abbey, which was destroyed following the revolution. Cluny was one of the key centres of Christianity in the Middle Ages, and at one point could boast of having the largest church in Christendom. Today, you can still view some of the abbey buildings. It will take you a good hour to reach Cluny from La Vierge Romaine.


 




The Chateau Cormatin and the town of Cormatin were once the property of the Marquis de Ble de Huxelles. He was in charge of the country's finances under Louis XIV. The castle features a great park and kitchen garden, which was once used to supply the castle's inhabitants.


Autun offers visitors not only the Saint-Lazare cathedral, but also an excellently preserved Roman amphitheatre as well as numerous other ancient and medieval attractions. Autun is also described as the gateway to the Morvan, Burgundy's granite massif. This is where Napoléon Bonaparte underwent military training, at the Lycée Militaire. From La Vierge Romaine, you can reach Autun in around 45 minutes.

Couches is famous for the Château de Marguerite de Bourgogne, an 11th-century fortress at the heart of the legend surrounding the wife of Louis X, and thus the Queen of France. The fortress is only 15 minutes away from La Vierge Romaine.

 

The centre of Paray-le-Monial is dominated by the Sacré-Coeur church, a basilica featuring three bays in the nave. The town and its church were once one of France's most important pilgrimage sites. Pope John Paul II visited Paray-le-Monial in 1986.





The castle at La Rochepot was built in the 13th century. In the 15th century, it was the home of Régnier and Philippe Pot, Knights of the Golden Fleece. Restored in the 19th century, the castle is today inhabited and open to visitors. You can reach La Rochepot in about 15 minutes.

The Abbey at Fontenay is one of France's most important Cistercian abbeys. You can reach it in about 1.5 hours. Founded in 1118 by Saint Bernhard of Clairvaux, the abbey was abandoned by its monks during the revolution of 1789. Today, Fontenay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.