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A unique part of Rennes's heritage, mosaic art has left its mark not only on the Breton capital, but on the entire west of France. It all started with the Odorico family, who settled in Rennes in 1882. Their work marked beginning of a tale spanning two generations of Italian artists and craftsmen, who decorated many buildings in and around the city of Rennes. Their rich artistic heritage can still be admired today on the city's guided tours.
The Breton climate does things well. Nature takes every opportunity to sneak up between the paving stones. Parks, gardens, meadows, remarkable trees and more; Rennes is one of the greenest cities in France. Naturally and without pesticides.
All year round, you can discover and appreciate some iconic Breton animals at the Ecomusée du Pays de Rennes. Many of these species, which are part of the region's living heritage, were saved from extinction by the Ecomusée and animal lovers. From the Coucou de Rennes or black Janzé chickens to the Pie Noire Breton cow, Breton horse, Chèvre des Fossés (ditch goat), West French White pig or Ouessant sheep, each animal has its own story to tell.
Stade Rennais F.C. and its stadium, Roazhon Park, are part of the Breton capital's heritage. If you are travelling to Rennes, why not attend a match to soak up the atmosphere and experience the bond between the fans and the boys in red and black.
While Rennes is no wine country, brewing has a firm foothold in the area and throughout Brittany. A number of craft breweries make high-quality beer, each with its own distinctive flavour. You can discover these local specialities at microbreweries run by beer enthusiasts with a head for hops. So come and enjoy a round in Rennes and the surrounding area, and sample (in moderation!) some unique Breton flavours!
The Marathon Vert, or Green Marathon, held every October in Rennes since 2011, is a race like no other. For every kilometre run, a tree is planted. In five years, 373,000 trees have been planted in Ethiopia through the partnership with the Yves Rocher Foundation. The sixth Green Marathon will be taking place on 23 October 2016.
The Maintenant festival, supported by the Electroni[k] association, is an exciting event in the cultural calendar of Rennes. Installations, projects and performances for sound and image enthusiasts to see and hear from 7 to 16 October 2016 at 25 sites around the city.
Les Ateliers de Rennes - Biennale of Contemporary Art takes place across 10 city venues from 1 October to 11 December 2016. The 5th edition, called "Incorporated!" explores the links between the art world and the world of business and economics. And this is not the only original idea at the contemporary art biennale, directed in 2016 by François Piron. The exhibition curator, a graduate of the University of Rennes 2, is going back his student roots 25 years on.