The upper portion of Chauvigny is built on a dramatic cliff that overlooks the gently flowing Vienne River. The town is dominated by five medieval castles; the Château d’Harcourt is in the best condition.
At the site of the ruined Château des Évêques, tourists can attend the Géants du Ciel (Giants of the Sky) show, where soaring falcons, eagles, great-horned owls, and other amazing birds demonstrate the ancient art of falconry. An archaeological collection at the Donjon de Gouzon gives visitors an insight into the town’s heritage.
Also not-to-be-missed are the town’s Romanesque churches. The Collégiale Sainte-Pierre dazzles visitors with its abundantly embellished sanctuary, featuring ornate sculptural details. The Saint-Pierre-des-Eglises chapel features Carolingian frescoes that are masterpieces of pre-Romanesque art.
Chauvigny is 75 minutes (79 km) from Puy-Leonard.