2. Capitole de Toulouse
If there’s one sight that needs to be on your itinerary for Toulouse it’s this landmark, housing the City Hall and the 1,156-seater Théâtre du Capitole.
It was erected in the 12th century and has changed with the times, being modified down the years to suit each new purpose until it ended up with its present 18th-century neoclassical design and those pink marble columns.
At the rear is the oldest remaining element of the building, the Donjon, which faces Place Charles de Gaulle and dates to 1530. Poke around inside to see the extravagant ceiling paintings in the Salle des Illustres, and find out more about the history of this building where, famously, the Duke of Montmorency was executed in 1632.