Vienne

Overview

Introduction

Vienne, located on the Rhone River about 20 mi/30 km south of Lyon, was an important Roman capital and the site of many martyrdoms in the early Christian period.

See the ruined Roman market and the Temple of Augustus and Livia (honoring Augustus Caesar and his wife). The annual Jazz a Vienne festival in July makes it a popular destination at this time.

If time does not permit an overnight stay, you can see the town on a day trip from Lyon or as a several-hour stop en route to the Riviera or Marseille.

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