Vienne has a bustling town centre with the place François Mitterrand hosting a market every day of the week except Mondays.
Its pedestrianised streets help the town keep its rich heritage alive, such as the former residences of Vienne’s nobility, medieval window-frames, spiral staircases and wooden doorways from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Vienne was nominated France’s sportiest city in 1967.
Every year it hosts an international basketball tournament for the under-18s.
The CS Vienne Rugby club, set up in 1899, became the French champions in 1937 and the champions of France’s Fédérale 2 division in 2012. The club now plays in the Fédérale 1 division.
The Rhône-Isère area’s economic fabric consists of companies from a vast range of different sectors. It has a network of SME/SMIs but also large corporations.
The jewels of the area’s local economy include companies like Candia, Yoplait and Leclerc.
Vienne is particularly advantaged when it comes to infrastructure. It is located at the crossroads between many different modes of transport: motorway, railway, air and river, putting it at a clear strategic advantage.
ViennAgglo’s economic development agency helps businesses develop their activities throughout the area.
Vienne boasts 2,000 years of history and is among the oldest towns in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Its heritage is unique and it has been awarded France’s Ville d’Art et d’Histoire label as well as the European Qualicities label in recognition of the sustainable development policies of historic cities across Europe.
The Vienne jazz festival is France’s biggest jazz festival and also the biggest cultural event held in the Rhône-Alpes region.