“The world is a book, each step of which opens a page for us”. It is not the Routard who says it but the romantic poet Alphonse de Lamartine, a native of Mâcon.
To celebrate the great local man of letters, and to discover his universe, the South of Burgundy has set up a Route Lamartine: a poetic and bucolic route of sixty kilometers through the Saône-et-Loire which connects some of the most emblematic sites of the poet’s life.
In Mâcon, we will begin the discovery by visiting the Lamartine space at the Ursulines museum in Mâcon to take stock of the writer’s life and political commitment.
Then, the road notably passes by the Château de Saint-Point, where Lamartine lived from 1820, and which he transformed with his wife Mary-Ann Birch. He received his Victor Hugo, George Sand, Franz Liszt or Chopin there.
Also worth seeing are the Milly-Lamartine house, where the man of letters spent his early years, then the Pierreclos castle. Recommended stopover at Berzé-le-Châtel, in the heart of the Val Lamartinien sung by the poet, or at Prissé, at the Château de Monceau.
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