Liven up your holidays!

Vienne

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Isère

Vienne - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Isère
7.2
22

Vienne, located between the Rhône River and the hills, has been occupied since earliest Antiquity and is one of France's Cities of Art and History. It has preserved a rich built heritage from its long past, including monuments dating back to ancient times: the imposing Temple of Augustus and Livia built in 1BC; the vast 1st-century AD Théâtre Antique, one of the largest theatres in Roman Gaul; and the Garden of Cybele with its Gallo-Roman archaeological remains, among others. The city also boasts beautiful medieval heritage that you can discover by strolling through the old, narrow lanes and visiting the many listed buildings, including the Romanesque Saint-André-le-Bas Church with its superb cloisters decorated with carved capitals, and the Romanesque Gothic Saint-Maurice Cathedral, built from the 12th to 16th centuries, which has a breathtaking western facade with three Flamboyant-style carved portals depicting the holy history. Its luminous and harmonious interior features a long nave with three side aisles, Romanesque capitals and, displayed around the choir, Flemish tapestries portraying the life and martyrdom of St Maurice.

The Museum of Fine Art and Archaeology, housed in the old 19th-century corn exchange on Place de Miremont, contains collections of Gallo-Roman objects, French earthenware, and paintings dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

Not to be missed: climbing to the top of Mount Pipet where a chapel and statue of the Virgin Mary stand and there's a fantastic view over the city rooftops, Rhône Valley and, in the distance, Pilat mountain range!

The city also hosts a major music event, the Vienne Jazz Festival, in the prestigious surroundings of the Roman theatre every first fortnight in July. A must for all jazz fans.

The second largest market in France takes place in Vienne city centre every Saturday morning. Offering a host of local produce and specialities at over 5 km of stands, it's a gourmet's paradise!

Additional information
Vienne

The Country Vienna, consisting of 18 surrounding municipalities and one city of 66,000 inhabitants, the seat of both sides of the river Rhone, south of Lyon.

This territory occupies a privileged location in the Rhone-Alpes. Indeed, it opens easily to the east of the Alps and the Jura, and has southern influences of Drome and Ardeche. Crossed by the motorway A7, there is the essential first step and true gateway to the southern sun ...

In addition, the city of Vienne enjoys a strategic crossroads, near the main roads of North / South and East / West. It is so close to large cities such as Lyon (20 min), Valencia (45 mins), Saint-Etienne (45 min), Grenoble (1h).

Labeled "City of Art and History" since 1990 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, City Vienne shares with its visitors the richness of its heritage and quality of life.

Things to see and do

The Roman Empire (I BC to 3rd AD) is the glory and richness of Vienne. This time, the city has an archaeological heritage among the richest in France highlighted the Archaeological Museum of Saint-Romain-en-Gal/Vienne.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Detailed information

Jazz in Vienne
Where all styles of jazz meetFrom 29 june to 13 july 2017

Photos

Overview of Vienne (© JFM)
Overview of Vienne (© JFM)
See photo
Cathedral of St. Maurice (Henry © Landeau)
Cathedral of St. Maurice (Henry © Landeau)
See photo
Temple of Augustus and Livia (© JFM)
Temple of Augustus and Livia (© JFM)
See photo
Ancient Theater, Jazz Vienne (© JFM)
Ancient Theater, Jazz Vienne (© JFM)
See photo
The Pyramid (© Henry Landeau)
The Pyramid (© Henry Landeau)
See photo
Cruise on Rhone (© Henry Landeau)
Cruise on Rhone (© Henry Landeau)
See photo
Facade of the Cathedral of St. Maurice Vienne
Facade of the Cathedral of St. Maurice Vienne
See photo

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

Campsites

Hotels

Your holidays
A hotel
A vacation rental
A bed & breakfast
A campsite
A leisure activity
A restaurant