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 to the well-to-do of Roman Vasio, you’ll see the remains of colonnaded boutiques, private villas, thermal baths,
rows of public toilets,
and an ancient archway.
You’ll enter the site at the top of rue des Boutiques. Paved with slabs of limestone, this wide, colonnaded ‘street of the boutiques’, served as a covered shopping area, and allowed access to the public baths.
From here, follow the narrow paths to stroll amidst the remains of the once luxurious villas, among which are:
La Maison du Buste en Argent – at over 16,000 square feet, this expansive residence is reportedly the largest home discovered in Vaison and takes its name from the silver bust of a wealthy Roman citizen found during excavations. The home included a vestibule, an office space, peristyle, kitchen, garden, a thermal spa (formerly the public baths constructed in the 1st century B.C.), a gymnasium with swimming pool and communal toilets.
La Maison au Dauphin – a former 1st-century B.C. farm and 2nd -century B.C. urban dwelling, this villa takes its name from a marble dolphin discovered on the site. The property is known to have featured several reception rooms, a winter dining room, kitchen, toilet room, large garden and pond.
Maison aux animaux sauvages – known as the ‘house of the wild animals’, this residence takes its name from 1st-century A.D. wall murals depicting hunting scenes. Visible here are remnants of painted walls and decorative mosaic tiled floors.
Entrance to the Ancient Site of La Villasse is located on Avenue Général de Gaulle, across the street from the Tourist Information Center and the Ancient Site of Puymin.
Adult Admission = 9.00€
Child Admission (Ages 10 – 17) = 4.00€
Child Admission (Ages 9 and Under) = Free
Tickets are valid for 24 hours and allow access to La Villasse + Puymin + Museum + Antique Theatre.