Roman triumphal arch at Glanum, Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

The First Roman Province, ‘Gallia Optima’.

Provence is one of the oldest regions of France dating back to Phoenician and Greek colonists founding the settlement at Marseilles. Classical Provence, relating to the Greeks and Romans, provides a solid foundation for exploring the region and understanding the traditions of modern Provence.

Literature & History:

Famous figures throughout history have been associated with this region including Julius Caesar, who launched his epic campaign through Gaul and Britannia, establishing the settlement of Arelate, modern Arles, as a Roman colony. Recreate life at the end of the Roman Republic and beginning of the Empire in this important centre of Roman power. Provence continues to be a place of inspiration for writers such as Petrarch and artists such as van Gogh, Cézanne and Picasso.

Abbey of Senanque

Pont d’Avignon, 12th century bridge.


  • Palace of the Popes, Avignon.
  • Amphitheatre, Roman Theatre, Archaeological Museum, Arles.
  • Triumphal Arch, Theatre, Orange.
  • Cenotaph, Triumphal Arch, Archaeological Park of Glanum and St. Paul de Mausole Abbey, residence of van Gogh (1889-1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

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