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Steeped in Roman history, complete with a spectacular gothic spire standing proud against the Morvan hills, Autun, formerly Augustinium, was a garrison town during the Roman Empire.
Although the lower parts of this city are fairly modern with bowling alleys, McDonalds and lots of students milling around, stroll further into the heart of the centre and you find yourself wandering through numerous winding streets lined with fantastic architecture, quaint shops, cafes and restaurants before reaching the rather impressive cathedral.
It’s small enough to access everything on foot; but large enough to hold your interest for quite some time. It also has a beautiful French atmosphere that is just waiting for you to soak up!
Autun is accessible by bus or car, via secondary roads.
You can fly to Lyon, about 2 hours away by car.
The countryside in this area is truly breathtaking; from the Parc Regional du Morvan with its forest-clad hills and cascading streams, to authentic French villages where you can sit by the river with a freshly-made croissant and simply soak up the atmosphere.
There are numerous shops to peruse in Autun, but most alluring are the chocolate shops and patisseries.
Try something other than a hotel; maison d'hotes / chambres d'hotes (bed and breakfasts), there are a few in or near the town.