In the heart of the green Auxois countryside, at an altitude of 420 metres, stands the charming hilltop village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in Côte-d'Or. Its history dates back to 52 BC, when Julius Caesar made it his headquarters before besieging Alesia.
With its picturesque lanes, houses with splendid façades and staircase turrets, as well as its ancient buildings, it's no surprise that this place is now officially listed among the Most Beautiful Villages in France (Plus Beaux Villages de France)!
A walk along the cobbled streets and the ramparts, which feature three fortified gates, is a particularly pleasant experience. Along the way, you can also discover the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter, founded in the 8th century, and its Carolingian crypt. As you stroll around, you'll immediately notice the delightful aniseed fragrance coming from the famous sweet factory on the premises. Popular with children and grown-ups alike, these sweets have been made in the old abbey following the same recipe since the 16th century! While visiting the site, you can go to the sweet-making workshop, explore the charming little museum about the history of Burgundy's famous sweet, known as Anis de Flavigny, and taste its various flavours.
Also be sure to stop by the Church of St. Genesius, which is well worth a visit for its Gothic central tribune made of stone and a beautiful 15th-century statue of an angel of the Annunciation.