Fleurie is a winemaking centre in the Beaujolais region at the northern end of the Rhône department and touching on the Saône-et-Loire department.
Fleurie Mairie (mayor’s office) website
This chapel was built in around 1880 and access is free. Topped by a statue to Our Lady (Madone), naming it Chapelle de la Madone was logical. In clear weather, from here is a magnificent panoramic view of the Beaujolais vineyard and the Saone Valley with the Alps and Mont Blanc as a backdrop.
This is a trail in 8 themed stages, following the lilley petal (lys) markers up to Chapelle de la Madone. At each stopping point is a theme and an anecdote, to find out all about the history of the village of Fleurie and vine tending in the Beaujolais region. For children, there are Lili clues to solve.
Inaugurated in 2011 during the Fête des Crus, this fresco shows a typical landscape in the region during the grape harvest, an old-style boutique to buy a few good bottles, a tempting menu for the nearby restaurant and Marguerite Chabert at her window keeping an eye on everything.
What today is Fleurie’s bakery used to be the home of a carpenter and cabinet maker at the end of the 19th century called Victor Baccot. He had an employee from Italy who inspired the architecture of this house that was nicknamed ‘Maison de l’Italien’. This influence is shown by the arched loggias and running trim.