Burgundy landscapes : Five distinct natural regions
Saône-&-Loire department, christened Southern Burgundy and
deservedly so, is
the southernmost of Burgundy's four administrative departments.
and gastronomy, renowned hospitality and festive traditions all
contribute to the expression of
a lifestyle full of amenity and pleasures.
pastureland, dense forests, a horizon crafted by vineyards, the
rugged Morvan mountains and
gentler hillsides, rushing rivers and smooth-flowing water courses
are placed amidst a setting of
spectacular architectural heritage.
distinct natural regions, which create a sublime set of contrasts and
sensations, compose this special
THE HEART OF A ROMANESQUE GARDEN
at Burgundy’s southern gate, scents from the Mediterranean make
their way to these villages replete with typical winegrowers’homes
flanked by porches and tucked away into the area’s highlyreputed
vineyards. The most renowned local white wines are grown at the foot
of the Solutré and Vergisson cliff faces, just up the road
from the first Beaujolais slopes.
Saône-&-Loire department boasts a Romanesque garden, in
which the sector around Mâcon and Cluny is the feature exhibit.
A multitude of bell towers dot the countryside in all directions. Two
tremendous sites attest to the gifted architectural legacy of the
area: Cluny, the beacon of Middle Age Christendom, and the Tournus
abbey church.Memories of Lamartine,a favourite native son, can be
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