Welcome to Périgueux
Founded by Gallic tribes, and later developed by the Romans into the important city of Vesunna, Périgueux remains the Dordogne’s biggest (and busiest) town, with a lively cafe and restaurant scene, and plenty of shopping. Get past its suburban sprawl to its centre, and you discover a thoroughly charming old town dotted with medieval buildings and Renaissance mansions, radiating out from the Gothic Cathédrale St-Front.
Reminders of the city’s Roman past fill the Cité quarter – the original ‘old town’. You can visit a ruined garden-filled amphitheatre and triumphal tower, as well as a grand villa at the city’s excellent Gallo-Roman museum.