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Smaller European cities have a hard time getting people to visit by competing on marquee sights alone. But those that can offer an urban experience with a mix of old architecture and forward-thinking city planning can create a better experience for bith visitors and residents.

Place Darcy has been symbolic of Dijon of late: a work in progress. But, as part of “Le Grand Dijon”, the master plan to revitalise the city by its ambitious mayor, Fran├žois Rebsamen, Dijon’s sleek new trams are now gliding across the historic city centre.

“Dijon has really come alive with revived public spaces and new pedestrianised streets,” says tour guide Sherry Thevenot of Bourgogne Authentique. “It still has the classical sites, but a new sense of vibrancy pervades.”

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