Clisson 30.10.2016

Clisson is a pretty town just 30 minutes to the south-east of Nantes at the conflux of 2 rivers: the Sèvre Nantaise and the Moine. 

It’s a touch of Tuscany in Pays de la Loire: Clisson has been shaped by three great French artists who helped reconstruct the town on their return from Italy after the Vendéen war. The Cacault brothers Pierre and François and François-Frédéric Lemot introduced Italian-style architecture into the valley. The villas, gardens, rustic homes, churches, temples, ancient statues and other follies are reminiscent of Tuscan and Roman landscapes. The Garenne Lemot Park was created by the sculptor Lemot and is a testament to times gone by with 2 Italianate buildings surrounded by 26 acres of gardens and parkland.

A heritage of water mills and paper production bear witness to an industrial past, resulting in a remarkable cluster of water mills, many in an Italianate style, decorating the river banks. There is also a Château in the centre of Clisson.

Clisson is known for the Hellfest Festivalthe biggest event in France for Metal music which takes place mid-June.

The town is surrounded by vineyards . The Sèvre et Maine Muscadet wine in the Clisson Valley takes it’s name from two rivers flowing across the vineyard.

> Clisson Tourist Office

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