In the heart of the Lyonnais mountains, Saint-Symphorien-sur-Coise is a town of the Rhône department in the part that borders on the Loire department. Its collegiate church, which is a listed historical monument, boasts a panoramic view from its rocky outcrop. Its half-timbered houses, town gates and streets that follow the route of its former walls form its rich medieval architectural heritage. The industrial boom of the 20th century has left its mark through buildings of character, particularly those belonging to the family of Antoine Pinay, a minister under Charles De Gaulle and architect behind the new French Franc at the time. A former tannery has benefitted from support from the Mission Bern heritage initiative, making it possible to save the edifice which will become a culture centre. There is also the museum of trades, which allows visitors to discover the know-how of yesteryear. The town is a stopover point on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail as well as a centre for rambling and boasts a lively cultural and festive scene throughout the seasons: concerts, shows, street festivals, geocaching, etc. Lastly, as regards taste buds, the town’s unmissable saucisson sec makes it a world capital in cold meats. Local activity accounts for 25% of French production.