A village to behold!
Nestled in the heart of the Auxois, the mediaeval village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is a jewel of treasure and heritage. As soon as you step into the village, a westerly wind carries the scent of anise… Yes, this really is the home of Anis candies!
Did you know?
The first historical records of Flavigny date back to 52 BC: Julius Caesar, after losing the battle of Gergovie, set up two camps and his field HQ on the hill of Flavigny. From here, he went on to lay siege to Vercingetorix, who had regrouped at Alesia. The Gallo-Roman town of Flavien was then founded, gradually acquiring a population of artisans, tradesmen and farmers of all types. In 719, Widerard of Burgundy, who ruled over Flavigny and its surroundings, founded the Benedictine Abbey. It’s in this same abbey that three generations of the Troubat family have been making Les Anis de Flavigny®.
Yesterday: Flavigny, a little mediaeval village, proud of its architecture and its history
With three fortified gates, ramparts, artisan dwellings (formerly occupied by tanners, oil-makers, millers, potters, tins-smiths, glazers, weavers and winemakers), shop windows, town houses and a lookout tower, the village remains a prized spot and haven of tranquillity for tourists and ramblers alike.
Life here was a meeting of worlds: the country peasants, the town-folk and the church, illustrated by the village’s monuments. These include the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Pierre (719), the parish church of Saint Genest (11th and 15th centuries), the Ursuline convent (1632), the Dominican novitiate opened by Père Lacordaire in 1848 in the house formerly owned by the Bailiff of Auxois, and the Hôtel du Marquis de Souhey, the Governor of Flavigny, which currently serves as the headquarters for the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Joseph-de-Clairval.
Today: life in one of France’s most beautiful villages
The 340 people who currently inhabit this village of exceptional beauty are a diverse group, living and working to breathe life and energy into the community. They include young farmers, a winemaker, a farming cooperative (La Grange), a blacksmith, a wool producer, a post office, a grocery in the centre of the village, various artisanal boutiques, art galleries, guest houses and chalets, two restaurants, a unique Anis factory and a community of Benedictine monks!
Nature, protected and preserved in the Ozerain Valley
A combination of sustainable farming and political dedication has allowed this part of the Auxois to preserve its historic environment and landscape. Take a walk in this woodland environment and you’ll see a wide range of protected birds and animals, not to mention the rich variety of plants and trees. Walkers and cyclists alike cherish the paths and trails winding through the area’s valleys and forests.
The Anis Factory
The panning workshop, the Carolingian crypt, the Anis Museum, the historic workshops, the flavour laboratory… Visit them all for free, all year round. For more information: “The Anis Tour”.
Exploring the village of Flavigny
Web and mobile app: interactive map, events, information
Visit the website…
With the map of the village
Download the map
Guided tour of the village and the church of Saint-Genest
Maison au Donataire
Tel: +33 (0)3 80 96 25 34
Guided tour and tasting at the Flavigny-Alésia vineyards
The Museum of Textiles and Design
“La Licorne Bleue” Art Gallery
“Aux P’tiotes Pelotes” Workshop
Organically farmed wool.
Events and festivities
• Classical concerts in winter: “Off-Peak Concerts”
• Community dinner on the 14 July
• PontiCelli cello initiation (beginning of August)
• The Saint-Simon Market (3rd weekend of October)
• Nativity scenes across the village (December and January)
• Chocolate Aperitif at the old Café Thomas (between Christmas and the New Year)
• Concerts, plays, exhibitions, literary evenings, festivals, conferences all year round…
Maison au Donataire
and Société des Amis de la Cité de Flavigny
Tourist information and guided tours of the village
Tel: +33 (0)3 80 96 25 34
This non-profit association organises a variety of events (walks, exhibitions, the Saint-Simon market and more)
Tel: +33 (0)6 08 54 15 98
Flavigny on the “Les plus beaux villages de France” website
Walking trails through the magnificent landscapes around the village:
• From Anis to the Vines
7.8km – 2h35 – difficulty: easy
• Around Mont Drouot
5.1km – 1h40 – difficulty: easy
• From Alésia to Brain (1st section Alésia / Bibracte) – 20km – difficulty: moderate
• Vercingetorix / Julius Caesar
Bicycle – 19km – 1h30 – difficulty: 2
Where can you stay, and where can you eat?
Visit the Flavigny town hall website.