Vollore-Ville is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, 16 km south of Thiers.
The location is between the western slope of the Forez granite massif, between the green peak of Chignore (1,074 m) and the Dore valley. The village itself can be considered on average mountain, at 525 m altitude, part of the vast communal territory (3 041 hectares) exceeding 1000 m. Inhabited since Prehistory, Vollore was a Merovingian fortress during the High Middle Ages before a seigneury dependent on the County of Forez controlled the land from the twelfth century. The locality was the scene of a massacre during the Revolution when young people refused to be enrolled. Some time later, the old seigneurial lands were divided, giving birth to Vollore-Ville and Vollore-Montagne. Until the beginning of the 20th century, agriculture and cutlery contributed to the prosperity of the municipality with a population of 4,000. There remains only about 750 today, however, a population that is still recovering. The "Station verte" (Green Station) label is now also focusing on tourism, thanks to its built heritage and its remarkable living environment, in a preserved natural environment.
We will begin the visit of the village by the magnificent castle of Vollore, the oldest part of which is a dungeon dating from the twelfth century. In the 17th century, the old stronghold of the local lord was reworked and embellished by the construction of a more comfortable residential dwelling. Now owned by the descendants of General de La Fayette, the castle is surrounded by a beautifully designed park. Although hosting guest rooms, the site is open to the public. Free visits of the park, medieval rooms and exhibitions in July and August: entrance 3 and 5 euros. Guided visits and comments by the owners on reservation, in July and August for individuals, all year for groups (prices from 10 to 15 euros). Visits to the lights on reservation on Wednesdays of July at 22h, and in August at 21h30. Information and reservations: +33 (0) 4 73 53 71 06.
Also worth seeing is the Saint-Maurice church, which has conserved three Romanesque spans and a polychrome Madonna of the twelfth century, as well as part of the nave.
In the 16th century, the church was rebuilt in a late Gothic style. The western facade dated from 1731. At the Revolution, the Romanesque bell-tower was defeated. The current bell tower, on two levels, square and hexagonal, dates from 1845. The main altar and altars of the north and south chapels of the Gothic style are noted inside the church, as well as the 19th century stained glass windows.
With no less than 62 km of local roads and 100 km of rural roads, the town is a delight for lovers of hiking, mountain biking or even horseback riding. The opportunity to discover a nature rich in terms of biodiversity and to admire remarkable panoramas on the chain of Puys, Livradois and the plain of Limagne.
Due to the terrain, some routes can be physically demanding. Brochures, maps and information at +33 (0) 4 73 51 20 27 or +33 (0) 4 73 42 20 20.
You can also join group hikes organized by the local association. To contact the +33 4 73 53 70 44.
Other activities to be practiced on the same commune: fishing (contact the +33 4 73 92 56 29), or tennis (information on +33 4 73 53 70 16) and the petanque (Please call +33 4 73 53 72 80).
During the second, third and fourth weeks of July, the Vollore Concerts is a festival that mainly plays classical music concerts, featuring renowned artists and ensembles or young talents. Founded in 1978, the festival has also opened to jazz and world music. Some of the concerts are scheduled in Vollore (castle, church), the others in the neighboring communes. Information on +33 (0) 4 73 51 20 27.
The first Saturday of August, "Fête des Touristes" at the campsite.
On the last Sunday of November, the Saint-André fair under the hall and outdoors. On the program, craft market, exhibitions on the know-how of the past, giant truffle.
Finally, every Sunday morning of the year, a market brings together farmers and farmers, from 9 am to noon: an opportunity to discover the treasures of the Auvergne region.