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 unique destination for fans of Roman history.
Known to its early inhabitants as Vasio, this former Roman city is best known for its impressive (and extensive) ruins – the archaeological sites of Puymin and La Villasse.
Other historical sites in Vaison-la-Romaine include the Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth, the Chapel of Saint Quenin, and the 1st-century Roman bridge which leads to the medieval town on the hill where you’ll see the ruins of the castle of the Counts of Toulouse.
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