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Vaison-la-Romaine VAISON LA ROMAINE

10 km from the Dentelles de Montmirail and 10 km from the foot of Mont Ventoux, Vaison-la-Romaine makes up part of Vocontii country. It is surrounded by seven hills covered in forests and vineyards. The Ouvèze river passes through the village and separates the old town from the modern town. On the left bank, in front of a rocky overhang, the old town stretches out, the origins of which date back to the 13th century. The Comtes de Toulouse castle dominates the centre. Two districts are found on the right bank: the site of the old Roman colony and the contemporary section of Vaison. Archaeological digs have revealed immense and luxurious Gallo-Roman dwellings with highly sophisticated interior layouts.

In Vaison-la-Romaine, the two areas of Puymin and la Vilasse allow us to discover the Roman town, its theatre, thermal baths and villas.
Take time to walk and enjoy the rich, ancient homes, the commercial and artisan districts, the public or private thermal baths, and the streets and gardens spread out over two 15-hectare Gallo-Roman areas.
The old theatre: the year of its construction, 20 AD, has been estimated thanks to the marble statue of Tiberius found in front of the royal door of the building. Today it is the setting of the town’s annual festival. Most of the sculptures found on the site are conserved in the Théo Desplans museum.
The Roman bridge: A connection between the medieval town and the lower town, this is a great symbol of Roman architectural genius.

Restaurants, bars, shops, lodgings, the Provençal market, festivals and its rich heritage make Vaison-la-Romaine an unmissable destination in Vaucluse.
Take the time to stroll among the wealth of ancient remains, the commercial and artisan quarters, the public and private thermal baths and the streets and gardens spread out over two Gallo-Roman areas covering 15 hectares: Puymin and Villasse. The ancient theatre: Its date of construction, 20 AD, has been estimated using the marble statue of Tiberius found in front of the royal door of the theatre. Today, it is the setting for the city’s Annual Festival. Most of the sculptures found on the site are on display at the Théo Desplans Museum. The Roman Bridge: The bridge links the medieval city with the lower city. A symbol of Roman architectural genius.
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