Exterior Baths of Diocletian Rome Italy © 2018 Mikestravelguide. All rights reserved.

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

Basilica Saint Mary of the Angels and Martyrs Rome Italy © 2018 Mikestravelguide. All rights reserved.

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

Ramparts Castel Sant Angelo Rome Italy © 2018 Mikestravelguide. All rights reserved.

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

View of Forum Colosseum Rome © 2018 Mikestravelguide. All rights reserved.

Things to do in Rome – Visit the Roman Forum

The Roman Forum (Forum Romanum) one of several marketplaces of ancient Rome, is another popular tourist attraction worth visiting.  Admission to the site is included with an entrance ticket to the nearby Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Established in the 7th century … Continue reading

Shuttered House Vaison la Romaine France © 2017 Mikestravelguide. All rights reserved.

Things to see and do in Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine, known to its early inhabitants as Vasio, lies a bit off the beaten path of tourist destinations. This former Roman city is a relatively quiet community with a number of historical and interesting sights. Some of what you’ll see … Continue reading

Exterior Cathedral of Vaison la Romaine France © 2017 Mikestravelguide. All rights reserved.

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

Paved Street La Villasse Vaison la Romaine France © 2017 Mikestravelguide. All rights reserved.

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

La Villasse takes visitors back 2000 years to the Roman city of Vasio. And, in combination with Puymin, its sister site across the street, it’s one of Vaison-la-Romaine’s main tourist attractions. As you wander amidst the stone ruins of La Villasse, once home … Continue reading

View of Craftsman District Puymin Vaison la Romaine © 2017 Mikestravelguide. All rights reserved.

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

Vaison-la-Romaine, France © 2017 Mikestravelguide. All rights reserved.

Vaison-la-Romaine, France

Vaison-la-Romaine, straddling the Ouvèze River in southern France, lies a bit off the beaten path of tourist destinations and offers visitors fewer historical sites than places nearby like Aix-en-Provence, Arles, and Avignon.  Yet, what it does offer makes it a … Continue reading