Welcome to Riom
Between the brawny Chaîne des Puys and the wide-open Limagne plain lies Riom, a handsome medieval market town. Pilgrims have long processed into Riom to venerate the relics of locally-born Saint Amable, but the town owes its stately appearance to its time as an administrative capital. Riom steadily acquired hôtels particuliers during the Renaissance and into the 18th century, many of them fashioned from inky volcanic rock.
The modern town has sprawled to 50 times the size of the original medieval market town, but its historic core is the primary reason to pass through.