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Vaison la Romaine

A medieval town and an archaeological site

Vaison la RomaineVaison-la-Romaine is a joint French, located in the Vaucluse department and the region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. It is located in the northern part of the department, south of the Enclave des Papes (nickname Township Valréas that, although the Vaucluse, is entirely landlocked in the department of Drôme).

Vaison la Romaine is about 27 km from Orange, 50 km from Avignon, 10 km from the Dentelles de Montmirail and 10 km from the foot of Mont Ventoux.

Vaison-la-Romaine is a medieval city classified as "City of art and history." It is also a city where an archaeological Roman city was discovered in its quasi-totality. It includes the House of Messii, the Portico of Pompey, the House report (insula), thermal baths and Roman theatre.

Vaison la Romaine et l'OuvèzeTourism, through this archaeological site, is an important part of the activity of Vaison-la-Romaine. However, we should not reduce the heritage of the small town that was buried because the aspect of the medieval old town and its Roman bridge which spans the Ouvèze attract too many visitors.

Also on the cultural level, it should be noted Movement International Choral "A happy heart", which organizes in Vaison la Romaine, since 1953, the international Choralies every three years. The spectacle of three thousand people of all countries met in a Roman amphitheatre, who sing in four-voice polyphony without even knowing deserves to be seen and heard. The event enabled the town of Vaison-la-Romaine to be awarded the label choir European City by the European Community in 1995.

Enjoying a very sunny Mediterranean climate, marked by the enthusiasm of invigorating mistral, Vaison-la-Romaine and its territory, are a prime area for lovers of sports and relaxation. The proximity of Mont Ventoux, Dentelles de Montmirail, and the hills and forests of the country offer a wide range of circuits for hikers, cyclists, horseback riders, rock climbers and supporters of paragliding. The Ventoux with his station du Mont-Serein can enjoy winter sports in a family setting.

Surrounded by seven hills (like Rome), Vaison-la-Romaine is bisected by the waters of the Ouvèze. Affluent Rhone long by 85 km, the river today, most often, low-speed and is not navigable. It would otherwise seem to Roman times, as inscriptions reported Corporations boatmen. But Ouvèze is capable of terrible anger. The catastrophic flooding of 22 September 1992 and the floods it has caused have tragically reminded.

Pictures of Vaison la Romaine

Vaison la Romaine Haute Ville de Vaison Site archéologique Lieu des fouilles à Vaison la Romaine Château des Comtes de Toulouse Au bord de l'Ouvèze Atrium Domus Vestiges romains

Around Vaison la Romaine

Dentelles de Montmirail - Orange - Avignon - Carpentras

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