THE HEART OF FRANCE
One of eighteen official regions of France, this capital region is the most visited part of France by tourists who flock to the area’s many landmarks and historic sites. The region is rich in gastronomy, cheese, pastries, museums and galleries, cathedrals, and monuments.
Located in the central north of France, this region is divided into eight departments: the capital city of Paris is in the center surrounded by the Petite Couronne, an inner ring of 3 departments: Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Seine-et-Marne; around that is the Grande Couronne, an outer ring of 4 more departments: Essonne, Val-de-Marne, Val-d’Oise, and Yvelines.
Île-de-France—an “island” of land between three rivers: the Seine, Oise, and Marne—is home to Versailles, Giverny, Fontainebleau, and Vaux-le-Vicompte, and is the seat of the French government and institutions.
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