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A weekend in Avignon heart of Provence
If you wish to travel to South France and discover Provence choose a holiday rental in Avignon. This historical town on two rivers, the Rhône and the Durance, Avignon is considered the cultural capital of Provence. Choose a quaint French apartment or a holiday home with a garden in this beautiful haven, and relax, knowing you are living like a local in this naturally blessed town.
Back to year 1309 Roman Catholic Church Popes left Rome and the Vatican to establish in Avignon where they remained until year 1423 within a fortress built on the top of the highest hill of Avignon, the Pope's Palace overlooking the valley from Camargue to Mont Ventoux. Every building in Avignon is a living witness of its ancient glory.
The historical frame of this marvelous town is very similar to Florence destiny with its permanent internal struggles between two parties of noble families aiming supremacy and political control of the town. More than a political issue it was indeed a religious issue. Avignon is at the time both the cradle of Occitanie and of its myth of independence and head of Roman Catholic Church and of its conservative Popes trying to slaughter any kind of political or religious rebel community. Place of birth of the Troubadour culture which inspired European literature so deeply thanks to the work of Francesco Petrarca whose poems collected in the Canzoniere celebrate unrewarded love purely dedicated to the glory of the beloved with no counter demand. Avignon landscape is extremely sweet and pleasant despite Mistral wind blowing with all its strength from Camargue to Mont Ventoux and despite the frequent overflowings of river Rhône which repeatedly damaged the structure of pont St Benézet (also known as Pont d'Avignon or Avignon bridge). Rent a holiday house in Avignon and discover its cultural treasures the time of a weekend or of a short travel.
A cultural walk in the streets of Avignon
Rent an apartment in Avignon and start your cultural tour by the visit of Pope's Palace, you will be astonished by the huge dimensions of its halls and the height of its gothic ceilings. Visit Avignon in summer if you want to join people coming from all over the world for its main event the Avignon Festival which takes place every year in July and which is a unique opportunity to enjoy performances by international dancers, musicians, actors and street artists. Most performances take place inside the Pope's Palace itself or on the huge square in front of its main entrance. You could not dream of a better theatre and a better stage. Rent a loft in Avignon in the rue Joseph Vernet near the Musée Calvet. Visit its rich collection of paintings and its Egyptian treasures. Rent a flat in Avignon in Place de l'Horloge and get started to the lifestyle of Provence sitting in a café in front of your Pastis or Ricard drink.
Landscape and villages near Avignon
Sweetness of hills and their secular olive trees, fields of lavander, rivers and waterfalls nourishing small hidden lakes, let yourself get bewitched by Provence.
Stop your car at l'Isle sur la Sorgue and admire the small natural lake hidden by trees and leaves where Francesco Petrarca met Laura de Noves for the first time bathing in the Sorgue naked and perfect like an ancient goddess of beauty. Drive your car through the hills around Avignon and visit Sénanque where a roman abbey is hidden within lavender fields shaken by the Mistral. Rent a villa in Gordes, exclusive village destination of politicians, businessmen and industrialists. You will find here all the peace you need and the character of an old village of Provence but also a high standard golf green haunted by french and international VIP. Jetsetting in Provence is an experience that you will never forget.
Enjoy food and wine in Provence
Don't forget to taste fine wines Côtes de Provence DOC when having dinner in one of the famous restaurants of Avignon. You will be able to try the three wines colors: white wine, red wine, and especially the rosé wine which is one of the best in Provence. Try one slice of hot fougasse aux olives, taste the great Provence olive oil or go for the local fish soup Bouillabaisse or for an Aioli' with boiled fish topped by a garlic sauce. With your coffee or tea taste the fine Calissons d'Aix, delicious cakes made with almond pastry.