Vienne is a department of central-eastern France in the north-east of the Poitou-Charentes region. It was formed in 1790 from parts of the historical regions of Poitou, Berry and Touraine. At the heart of the Vienne is the largest town in the department, and the capital of the Poitou-Charentes region - Poitiers, the city has many attractions including France’s oldest Christian building, the Saint Jean baptistery, constructed back in the fourth century it also has some fine examples of Romanesque architecture.
There are numerous attractions and places to visit across the department, which has many local museums and places of interest to see during your visit. Some of the more popular towns & attractions include the Futuroscope ThemePark, and the villages of Lathus with its Centre de Plein Air; Chauvigny, with its medieval city and bustling Saturday markets; Saint-Savin Abbey an impressive abbey which is a UNESCO world heritage site and the pretty village of Angles sur l’Anglin with the curious prehistoric rock carvings at the "Witches Rock" nearby.
For those wanting a more relaxing stay there is Montmorillon the book lovers town in the south-east of the department and La Roche Posay – famous for its healing spas. Vienne is also great for animal lovers - travel from the Island of Serpents (La Trimouille) to the Valley of Monkeys (Romagne) and the eagle displays at Chauvigny.
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