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Rodez was the historical capital of Rouergue, a former province of France, now the Department of Aveyron. It has been an Episcopal city since the 4th century, proud of its beautiful 80-metre tall cathedral with its impressive bell-tower. This charming town is easy to go through on foot: a sequentially marked itinerary will take you back through the city’s two thousand years of history. Furthermore, between town and countryside, Greater Rodez is home to a renowned historical heritage with beautiful sites to visit.
Old Rodez features several historic townhouses and mansions from the 14th-17th centuries, and beautiful religious buildings like the chapel of the old Jesuit College. You will love wandering on Rodez’s footpaths and alleys, where you’ll also find some truly excellent restaurants with their regional specialities, small cafés with enchanting terraces and beautiful open-air markets.
The local gastronomy is renowned for its range of excellent foodstuffs and labels, including the famous Roquefort or Bleu des Causes cheeses, as well as the wines of Marcillac. In Rodez, the gastronomy is varied and particularly savoury and among the local specialities, the foie gras, tripous confits, stuffed cabbage and Estofinado are the most popular.
Rodez is a provincial city, so you will definitely find great bars, mostly around the centre, with a friendly atmosphere and a mix of both locals and visitors. You won't find very many nightclubs, though: people here love to go bar hopping, from one to another, while enjoying some fresh air and a strong cocktail.
Rodez is the capital of the Aveyron Region and is traditionally an agricultural trade centre. For food shopping, the gourmets will certainly find some of the greatest regional delights.
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