Vienne, Gallo-Roman Days

Gallo-Roman Days
Les Journées Gallo-romaines
Saint-Romain-en-Gal, Vienne (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region)

a new emotional experience in an immersive environment: a first-hand time-travel back to the Ancient Roman Age to discover the daily life then in the today very heart of a charming heritage town and its outstanding Gallo-Roman museum... historical parades, interactive workshops, guided tours, battle reenactments and a rich programme of live-in activities to make the visitors become the protagonists of a real living history... 

Geographical, cultural and historical context

Vienne, located on the right bank of the Rhône River, about 30 km to the south of Lyon, in France, boasts a 2000 years old history: once the ancient capital city of the Allobroges, a Gallic tribe, it became a Roman colony in 47 BC under Julius Caesar, and soon after, thanks to its strategic location and the economic importance of the Rhône river valley, developed in one of the largest cities of Roman Gaul and the flourishing capital of a vast Roman provincial territory covering the Dauphiné and Savoy regions. Between the 1st century BC and the 4th century AD, Vienne stretched over both the two banks of the Rhône river, while today, three communes and two departments share its heritage: the today Vienne, on the left bank, in the Isère Department, Saint-Romain-en-Gal and Saint-Colombe, both on the right bank, in the Rhône Department. The urban landscape was not the same on both sides of the river. The residential and commercial district developed on the right. Its vestiges can still be seen in Saint-Romain-en-Gal, which is classified as a historical site. The political and religious center, as well as public entertainment sites, was situated on the left bank.

The archaeological site of Saint-Romain-en-Gal, presents more than 3 hectares of archaeological remains of a neighbourhood of the Roman city of Vienne. Today, the archaeological site and the Museum of Saint-Romain-en-Gal, which are both set up the in a way to recreate the Roman daily life and houses thanks to numerous reconstructions in the form of models and an ethnological approach, take visitors back in time 2000 years ago to one of the richest cities of Roman Gaul region. Dominating the archaeological site is the presentation of a Roman house, sector by sector, which reconstructs the style and manners of everyday life.


Event description and programme

Since 2001 the Museum organizes the Gallo-Roman Days at the archaeological site, recreating its ancient history through various reconstructions and living history displays. The event hosts historical groups from all over Europe, bringing together over 300 reenactors. The programme includes a wealth of leisure and educational live-in activities especially tailored for adults and children, themed exhibitions, lectures and living displays of the period life in the reconstructed historical camps, where the visitors have the chance to interact with the reenactors, archaeologists and living interpreters to discover the daily military and civilian life of the ancient Romans and Gauls, following the military drills and manoeuvres of the legionaries, meeting the fierce Gallic warriors, or experiencing first-hand the daily routine of the Romans, including cuisine and arts, fashion and hairdressing, games and pastimes and much more. Several experimental archaeology demonstrations and crafts workshops are held, such as pottery, wine making, the reconstruction of musical instruments and metalworking.

Highlights of the event are the Gallic chariots race, the amazing gladiator fights and the battle reenactment between Roman legionaries and Gallic warriors, restaging the last phase of the Gallic Wars led by Julius Caesar (100-44 BC, Roman statesman, general, and author) against the Gallic leader Vercingetorix (82-46 BC), the chieftain of the Arverni tribe who manged to unite the Gauls in a revolt against the Roman army. Far from the clichés of the cinema or literature, the Gallic Wars will be revealed and relived with the utmost historical and scientific accuracy.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and details.

Info & Contact

Musée Gallo-romain de Saint-Romain-en-Gal - Vienne
Address: Route départementale 502, 69560 Saint-Romain-en-Gal, Rhône department, Rhône-Alpes region, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 74537401 | Fax: +33 (0)4 74537419

Vienne Town Council / Mairie de Vienne
Address: Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, BP126, 38209 Vienne Cedex, Rhône department, Rhône-Alpes region, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 74783000 | Fax: +33 (0)4 74532012
E-mail: online contact form available

Office de Tourisme de Vienne et du Pays Viennois
Address: 2, Cours Brillier (F) 38200 Vienne, Rhône department, Rhône-Alpes region, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 74537010 - 74538030
E-mail: online contact form available

Image: Musée Gallo-romain
Text sources: Gallo-Roman Museum of Saint-Romain-en-Gal – Vienne, Wikipedia, Vienne Tourism

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