Strolling around the city
In the 3rd century B.C., Vienne was the capital of the Gallic tribe of the Allobroges before falling into the hands of the Roman Empire, which contributed to give the city its current international reputation.
Today, the Roman theatre, the temple of Augustus and Livia, the pyramid, the garden of Cybele, etc. are what remain of Vienne’s exceptional Gallo-Roman past. On the outskirts of the city, covering 7 ha, the archaeological site of Saint-Romain-en-Gal/Vienne and its museums are amongst the richest European museums.
The medieval period also left its mark on the cityscape. Cloisters, churches and cathedrals, such as the cloister and church of Saint-Andréle- Bas or St Maurice’s cathedral, stand as the evidence of the clergy’s influence at the time.
A gourmet destination
Apart from its historical heritage, Vienne is also the cradle of modern gastronomy. Michelinstarred restaurant “la Pyramide” is known for having trained the greastest French chefs like Paul Bocuse, Troisgros brothers and Alain Chapel.
The kitchen brigades challenge their creativity and ingenuity to delight your taste buds.
Wine connoisseurs will enjoy in the lively city center a local tipple of Condrieu wine. Considered an exceptional and hard-to-find wine grown in the southern area of the town.
Wine tourism in this region is booming with wine from the Côte-Rôtie was already famous and known as “vin viennois” over 2 000 years ago.
When the music sounds
A summer trip in Vienne would however be incomplete without attending its famous jazz festival. For a fortnight, the greatest international stars of jazz perform on the mythic stage of Vienne’s Roman theatre.
Nature and Leisure
Why not enjoy and discover the surroundings of Vienne by bike or e-bike? The ViaRhôna is the new cycle destination along the river Rhône.
La presqu’Ile leisure centre has a wide range of activities and facilities in a natural setting.
And, experience various ways to discover the Pilat Regional Natural Park, a Park for the senses, flavours and discoveries: climb the via ferrata at Planfoy, go off-road on a go-kart at Graix, raft and swim at Saint-Pierre-de-Boeuf, swing through the trees or even take a scooter down the mountain, go paragliding!