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In 1309, Avignon was chosen by Pope Clement V as his residence when the city and the surrounding Comtat Venaissin were ruled by the kings of Sicily from the house of Anjou, and from 9 March 1309 till 13 January 1377 was the seat of the Papacy instead of Eternal Rome.

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» Aigues-Mortes


In the Petite Camargue region in southern France, the best way to see the medieval town of Aigues-Mortes is from its medieval ramparts. On a wander atop the city walls, you can see right across the ancient town, once filled with knights and crusaders during the 12th-century reign of Louis IX. Saint Louis ordered the ramparts so that his French kingdom could have a Mediterranean marina that would give them passage to the Middle East. Make sure to check out the famous Constance Tower while you're in town …

» Baux de Provence

Baux de Provence

Les Baux-de-Provence is a charming town in the Provence region, and whose name refers to its location: in Provençal, a baou is a rocky spur. Baux-de-Provence has a fantastic position amidst the Alpilles mountains, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. The stunning location is set atop a rocky formation complete with a ruined vast fortress. Baux-de-Provence has a rich history: in the middle ages, Cardinal Richelieu ordered the demolition of the castle …

» Camargue


Visitors to Provence understandably concentrate on Avignon, Arles, and the charming towns, villages and vineyards in the region. And if you stick to that, you'll have a great time! But just as understandable is that while beautiful, these towns can all seem to blend together after a while. If that's the case, then you should head to the Camargue. Located in the southwest corner of Provence, the Camargue is a stretch of wetlands that also include salt fields and rice paddies …

» Chateauneuf-du-Pape


Less than a half-hour from Avignon, it's a popular stop on Provence wine tasting tours, and rightly so. But there is so much more to this town than the (delicious!) fruit of its labors. As its name suggests - 'pape' is French for 'pope' - the part of papal history that takes place in France includes Chateauneuf-du-Pape. As you may know, Avignon was home to the papacy, but when it came to wine, the town wasn't so blessed. Popes had to look elsewhere for their favorite libation …

» Coustellet Lavender Museum

Coustellet Lavender Museum

The Lavender Museum in Coustellet is at the farm where this brilliantly colored, fragrant plant is grown, harvested and processed into all kinds of products. But far from being a factory or simply a museum, it's a family-run business dating back five generations, and the pride in their work is immediately apparent to visitors. Included in the museum is a large collection of vintage distilling machines and other implements used as far back as the 17th century …

» Gordes


When you stand at the precipice of the precariously perched Gordes in Provence and look into the valley below, you'll see a road leading away towards Apt. See it? That road is thousands of years old, built by the Romans. So in case the town itself doesn't knock your socks off - and if it doesn't, check your pulse - then the sight of that road should make you realize just how much history there is in this area of France. And the history of Gordes doesn't stop with the Romans …

» Les Halles Market

Les Halles Market

Avignon's Les Halles market is home to about 40 stalls, each selling some sort of Provençal goodies, from cheese and meats to oysters and foie gras, even rose petal-perfumed sea salt. There's a wine bar and well-loved Italian stand too, and the popular market is easy to spot-its façade is covered in a frothy vegetable garden designed by botanist Patrick Blanc. The best time to visit Les Halles? Local chefs show up each Saturday to give cooking demonstrations …

» Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Surrounded by golden beaches in the spot where the Rhône River meets the Mediterranean Sea sits the whitewashed town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. As the capital of the Camargue region in the south of France, Saintes-Maries is a popular summertime destination made famous by the imposing Church of the Saintes Maries de la Mer. Built as both fortress and refuge between the ninth and 12th century, its grand Romanesque steeple can be seen from miles away …

» Nimes


It's a history that stretches back to pre-Roman times, with various evidence of Bronze Age settlements. But with the Romans came more permanent colonization; soldiers were often given tracts of land in the area as payment for battles. The original Roman gates are still there, as is the Colosseum-style arena. Check the city's entertainment schedule before visiting, and catch a concert inside - something you can't do in Rome! …

» Orange


Orange is a town in the Provence region of France with a mainly agricultural economy. The famous town is known because the Romans left their mark there; Orange is often cited as having the most impressive Roman architecture still standing in Europe. The town's Roman theatre and Triumphal Arch of Orange and surroundings were classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981. In addition, the town's Museum holds the largest marble cadastral Roman maps ever discovered …

» Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes)

Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes)

The Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) is one of the largest Gothic buildings in all of Europe and was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. Avignon became the residence of the Popes in 1309 during the period of the Avignon Papacy. It was then expanded and grew to occupy an area of 11,000 m² (2.6 acres). The papacy spent a large amount of money on the building during construction …

» Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is a 50 kilometer aqueduct that stretches between Uzès and Nîmes. It is located in Vers-Pont-du-Gard commune in the South of France, and UNESCO made the aqueduct a World Heritage Site in 1985. The famous aqueduct was constructed by the Roman Empire in the mid first century, before the dawn of the Christian era. The bridge is almost 50 meters high and has 3 levels, the longest being 275 meters. Its first level carries a road and its third level carries a water conduit …

» Rhône River

Rhône River

The Rhône River starts in the Swiss Alps, ends in the Mediterranean, and for most of the 500 miles in between there is a wealth of commerce, agriculture and activities that make southeastern France so notable. First are the historic cities on its banks-Lyon, Avignon and Arles are just a few. Also along the banks of the Rhône, or the 'Cotes du Rhône' as the French say, is the eponymous wine that oenophiles swoon over. In fact, it is the Rhône that gives the surrounding valley the proper terroir for wine …

» Rhone Valley Region

Rhone Valley Region

The lands on either side of the Rhone River in western Provence have some of the most fertile terroir in France, giving rise to the prestige of the Rhone Valley Region of over 1,000 vineyards. If you're visiting France and want to explore a wine region that also has plenty of history and beautiful villages to boot, then you want to come to the Rhone Valley. Because the long region runs north to south along the river's path, there are two separate sub-regions …

» Roussillon


While Provence is more a state of mind than a place - you can't actually point to Provence on a map - the hilltop village of Roussillon is exactly what visitors think of when they say they want to visit Provence. Picturesque, compact, colorful and with astounding views of the countryside, this village in the Vaucluse couldn't be more charmingly Provençal if it tried. The almost candy-like colors of the buildings come from the surrounding earth …

» Senanque Abbey

Senanque Abbey

The 12th-century Sénanque Abbey, which to this day is the home and worshiping place of Cistercian monks, has no great history. There are no iconic frescoes or statues to see, and while pretty, it isn't especially notable architecturally. So why is it on every visitor's must-see list when visiting Provence? One word: lavender. The monks here grow, harvest and process lavender from the surrounding fields, which means that come June visitors have a front-row seat to one of the most gorgeous photo ops of all time …

» St Benezet Bridge (Pont d'Avignon)

St Benezet Bridge (Pont d'Avignon)

The St. Benezet Bridge - known as the Pont d'Avignon - is a famous bridge located in Avignon. The 12th century bridge originally spanned 900 m (2,950ft) across the Rhône River. The bridge collapsed frequently and was reconstructed multiple times. Today, only 4 of the original 22 arches remain complete. The inception of the St. Benezet Bridge centers around a local shepherd boy of the same name who was told by an angel to construct the bridge …

» Uzes


If you're traveling through western Provence, no doubt you're going to visit the Pont du Gard, a Roman-era aqueduct that is truly worth seeing. But many see it as simply a monument to Roman times, and lose its context. And that's where a visit to Uzès can help. Uzès, located in the eastern part of Languedoc, was the starting point of the original aqueduct, and carried water via the Pont du Gard to nearby Nimes! But Uzès is not only a remnant of the Roman era …

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Avignon - the European city of culture! Plunge into the heart of the history of City of the Popes! Discover the legendary monuments of Saint Benezet Bridge (the famous Pont d'Avignon) and the Popes' Palace. Experience local wine tasting in the Popes' Palace cellar. Ranked by UNESCO 'world heritage for humanity' …

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The fascinating town of Avignon is surrounded by huge ramparts. There are many 17th and 18th century homes, museums featuring gothic, romanesque and medieval works, notable churches, the Petit Palais, and the heavily fortified Palais des Papes, home of the papal court from 1309 to 1376 …

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