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Château d’Ancy-le-Franc picture in Burgundy
Chateau picture in Burgundy
Chateau picture in Burgundy
Château d’Ancy-le-Franc picture in Burgundy
Chateau picture in Burgundy
Chateau picture in Burgundy

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Designed by Italian architect Sebastiano Serlio in the 16th century, Le Château d'Ancy-le-Franc is a study in symmetry, as its four main facades come together to create a perfect square. Inside, more treasures await, as the walls are decorated with works by some of the most famous 16th- and 17th-century Italian, Flemish and Burgundian artists. Outside, the 123 acres that comprise its park and gardens are reminiscent of Paris' Versailles

Travelers have mixed feelings about whether they recommend taking a guided or self-guided tour of the château. Some say it's nice to wander around at your own pace, especially if you have young kids in tow. Still, others say the knowledgeable tour guides enhance the visit. 

Le Château d'Ancy-le-Franc sits between Auxerre and Dijon on the Burgundy canal, near Chablis, and is best reached by car. The château is open from the end of March to mid-November. During other months of the year, it's open for groups that make appointments. Hours vary seasonally, but generally, the site is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. Guided tours are offered at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.; from April through September, there's also one offered at 5 p.m. For a guided tour of the château, tickets cost 10 euros (about $12.50). A self-guided tour will set you back 9 euros (roughly $11). You can pay an extra 3 euros for an audio guide, or you can download a free audio guide to your smartphone via the château's website. The property also offers audio guides for children. For access to the château and grounds, a combination ticket costs 13 euros (approximately $16). To find out more, visit Le Château d'Ancy-le-Franc's website

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The grounds and gardens of Le Château d'Ancy-le-Franc rival the art and architecture of the château.  Courtesy Château d’Ancy-le-Franc

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