Town of Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, Riom is part of the urban area of Clermont-Ferrand. Third city of the department, it is ideally situated between the Puys and the famous plain of Limagne.
Historic capital of Auvergne from the thirteenth century, was ranked Riom conservation area and designated center of the country of art and history Riom the mid-2000s its exceptional heritage which many elements are classified historic monument or historic monument, the city abounds site to discover that recall the important hours of the Auvergne city.
Elegant, the city does not know less festive and colorful events throughout the year, and attractive history lovers as lovers of warm and friendly festival.
Its location, near waterfalls gorges of Enval, also earned him an excellent reputation for its landscapes and hikes through the green and unspoilt nature. Difficult to resist the appeal of volcanoes and royal history Riom!
Classified protected area, the downtown Riom full of buildings to discover and admire.
Once surrounded by ramparts demolished shortly before the French Revolution, the ancient center of Riom continues to reveal its wonders to visitors. Eighteenth century mansions alongside magnificent buildings like the House of the Consuls. The latter, built in the sixteenth century is named after the terracotta medallions that adorn its facade on arcades. One can discover the most beautiful residences at the crossroads of Taules, where the main streets of lead Riom. Octagonal tower of Riom Clock is also an absolute must in the city. It hosts an exhibition on the heritage of the city, accompanied by a tactile model. From its terrace we reached after about 130 steps, it offers an exceptional view of Riom and surroundings. Do not miss also, the fountain of Adam and Eve with beautiful caryatids, the most famous of Riom.
Religious buildings abound in Riom, and they are beautiful. The Notre-Dame-du-Marthuret can admire beautiful stained glass windows, and a Virgin with Bird of the fourteenth century. Only remains of the castle of Duke Jean de Berry, the Sainte-Chapelle Riom is attached to the city courthouse and has some beautiful stained glass windows of the fifteenth century.
The Saint-Amable basilica, whose eponymous saint is celebrated every year, harmoniously blends Romanesque and Gothic styles, for a lovely set.
The Auvergne Regional Museum is one of the main cultural attractions of Riom. Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, it allows to discover fine collections of instruments, rural tools, furniture, costumes or sets.
Housed in the Dufraisse hotel, built in the early eighteenth century, the Mandet museum presents to the public collections of paintings of Flemish schools, Dutch and French seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Richard donation is also available in the museum, including the silverware, ceramic or weapons.
With a royal past of the capital of Auvergne, Riom is a city that knows how to animate regularly offering fairs, markets or other events to ignite the streets of the old center.
Throughout the year, a market takes place on Saturday morning, not far from City Hall and under the market regarding food.
Every summer the town holds its summer season Shards Day. On this occasion, street performances, concerts, circus performances are held from early July to late August. Exhibitions of all kinds and film screenings are also offered during the season.
Up to the carnival of Saint Amable in Winter Pre-Madame mid to late October. Roundabouts, restorations stalls and other events are scheduled. In June, the summer Saint Amable is also organized on the same model. On these occasions, fairs and stalls with many other traders are also available.
In December, place Riom Country Fest. Illuminations are installed around the city, while costumed parades and nightly performances of acrobatics, etc. are presented in the streets of the city Auvergne.