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Things to do in Rome – Visit the Baths of Diocletian

Rome’s monumental Baths of Diocletian (Terme di Diocleziano) are an interesting site worth visiting. Commissioned by Emperor Maximiam to honor his co-emperor, Diocletian, this 3rd-century-AD imperial facility was in use as the public baths for just over 200 years.  Abandoned and neglected … Continue reading

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Things to do in Rome – Visit the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels and Martyrs

The Basilica of Santa Maria of the Angels and Martyrs (Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri) is an interesting and unique historic site in Rome. Constructed in the 16th century according to a design by Michelangelo (who sadly did not live … Continue reading

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Things to do in Rome – Visit Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel) has survived for almost 2 millennia and serves as a reminder of Rome’s diverse history.   Renovated and enlarged over time, the building which originated as a family mausoleum, or sepulchre, built for … Continue reading

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Things to do in Vaison-la-Romaine – Visit Our Lady of Nazareth

The Vaison Cathedral, located near the ruins of La Villasse,  is one of Vaison-la-Romaine’s major historical sites and it’s open free to the public. Officially known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Nazareth (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth), this former bishopric stands on … Continue reading

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Things to do in Vaison-la-Romaine – Visit the Ancient Site of Puymin

The main tourist attractions in Vaison-la-Romaine are its ancient Roman ruins, which consist of various archaeological sites, including the Ancient Site of Puymin.  Covering an area of over 35 acres, the collective ruins make up what is reportedly the largest … Continue reading

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Things to do in Avignon – Visit the Petit Palais Museum

Next door to the Palais des Papes, you’ll find the Musée du Petit Palais. This ‘Little Palace’, built for Cardinal Bérenger Fredol in the early 14th century, serves as a museum devoted to Christian art of the Middle Ages. Housed … Continue reading

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Things to do in Avignon – Visit the Musée Calvet

Established in 1811 by imperial decree (of Napoleon Bonaparte) at the bequest of local physician and collector Esprit Calvet – who bequeathed his private collection of art and antiquities to the city of Avignon – the Musée Calvet is a museum worth … Continue reading

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Free things to do in Avignon – Stroll through Rocher des Doms

If you’re looking for a nice way to spend an hour while in Avignon, stroll through Rocher des Doms.  This cool, quiet, and shady public park – located on the ‘Rock of the Doms’, a promontory alongside the Cathedral des Doms … Continue reading

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Things to do in Avignon – Visit the Bridge of Avignon

The Bridge of Avignon, also known as Saint Bénezet Bridge, is one of the top attractions in Avignon that together with the Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes) and several other sites makes up the city’s Historic Center – a … Continue reading

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Things to do in Avignon – Visit the Palace of the Popes 

Most visitors to Avignon will undoubtedly want to visit the Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes); it’s the main tourist attraction within the city walls.   Built to serve as the palace of the Avignon Popes, this immense 14th-century Gothic … Continue reading

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Things to do in Cadaqués – Visit the Church of Santa Maria

The dominant feature of the Cadaqués skyline is the 16th century Church of Santa Maria (Iglesia de Santa María de Cadaqués). Perched on the highest point overlooking the village, this ‘new’ church in late-Gothic style was built with funding from … Continue reading