Niort is a large town situated on the Sèvre river about half way between La Rochelle and Poitiers in the Poitou-Charentes region of Western France.
Niort has an interesting historical centre, with many houses and other buildings dating from the medieval and renaissance era. Today it is an important centre for business and finance, being known as the "insurance capital" of France.
The Town Hall is a really attractive neo-renaissance style building built at the end of the 19th century. The C19th century market hall is an impressive structure built in the glass and steel design that was popular at the time. It always has an extensive range of fresh produce available, with the markets held every day except Monday, with those on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday being the largest.
Niort is a popular base for exploring the unusual canals and marsh landscapes of the Marais Poitevin with footpaths along the banks of the Sèvre river in the town centre towards the Marais Poitevin, also known as the Green Venice.
Niort has a railway station on the TGV route (between Paris and La Rochelle), with a connection to Paris Montparnasse, which takes around 2 hours.
The area is also a centre of angelica cultivation in France.