In Caesar's footsteps...

  • The Roman theatre of Arles, Provence, a place of history listed as a UNESCO's world heritage site.

    The Roman theatre of Arles, Provence, a place of history listed as a UNESCO's world heritage site.

    © Atout France/Daniel Philippe

  • Fréjus, Provence, a historically rich and culturally enticing town.

    Fréjus, Provence, a historically rich and culturally enticing town.

    © Atout France/R-Cast

In Caesar's footsteps... Avignon fr

In 2007, archaeologists found, buried in the depths of the Rhône River, a grand bust of the most famous emperor of the Roman Republic. This emperor played a determining role in the history of the region of Provence, and it is there that the Roman presence has proven to be the most lasting as compared to the rest of the former Gaulle.

Arles

It was in Arles that the bust was found. The town was indeed one of the biggest ports of Roman antiquity, becoming an entirely separate colony according to the wishes of Cesar.

St.-Remy de Provence

Roman ruins can be discovered on the last foothills of the Alpilles.

  • The site of Glanum

    The site reveals exemplary town planning and important religious and civil monuments. Cared for by the National Monuments association, it is still a site for digs.
  • Les Antiques
    “Les antiques” is actually the name given to the Triumphal Arch and the Mausoleum of Jules. These monuments mark the entrance to the town of Glanum.

Orange

The Roman colony of Orange used to welcome veterans of the 2nd Gallic legion.

  • Museum of the art and history of Orange 

    A must-see: the three land registries engraved in marble on the order of Emperor Vespasien.
    Exhibition for 2010: “Journeys to the heart of the ancient theaters of the Mediterranean”

    Tel: +33 (0) 4 90 51 17 60
  • The ancient theater and the Triumphal Arch
    These monuments are remarkably well preserved and each have their own special qualities: the theater is the only one with a roof over its stage and the Arch has imposing dimensions. Both are included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Vaison-la-Romaine

Like Rome, the town is surrounded by seven hills. It is known for its particularly rich Roman relics, including a unique arched bridge classified as a historic monument.

  • The Puymin quarter

    Known for its luxurious Roman residences, little palaces, and its ancient theater.
  • The Villasse quarter

    Known for its luxurious Roman residences, little palaces, and its thermal baths.
  • The Gallo-Roman bridge
    It constitutes a veritable link between the lower contemporary city and the historic town.

Marseille

The oldest of France’s towns, Marseille delivers multi-faceted neighborhoods.

Martigues 

Also called the “Provencal Venice,” the charm of this town extends all around the Blue Coast./p>

  • The fortress of Saint-Pierre les Martigues

    A place of public refuge
  • The mausoleum and chapel of Saint Julien les Martigues
    A funerary monument of grand scale

    Tel: +33 (0) 4 91 90 42 22
  • Tholon, a maritime site
    Several public installations can be seen, notably a great complex of cisterns where the water necessary to the life of the city was stored.
    Tel: +33 (0) 4 91 91 24 62

Fréjus 

Classified as a town of Art and History, Fréjus has conserved an ancient heritage open to visitors.

  • The arenas or amphitheater

    The amphitheaters welcomed nautical games, gladiator fights, and wild animal hunts.

    Tel: +33(0) 4 94 51 34 31
  • “Phillippe Léotard” Roman Theater
    The bleachers have disappeared, but the orchestra area, the remains of the levels and the foundations of the stage are still visible.

    Tel: +33 (0) 4 94 53 58 75
  • Lantern of Auguste

    Relic of the former Roman port
  • Roman Ramparts

    The trail of the Roman wall follows the relief of the rocky hill on which Fréjus was built
  • Villa Aurélienne
    One km from the center, in the north-east, the Villa Aurélienne stands in the middle of a 54-acre park.
  • Porte d’Orée
    Classified as a Historic Monument since 1886, this edifice is the only visitble remain of the thermal baths of the Roman port.

Antibes

There are few remains of the Roman era, but the museums testify to this ancient time.

  • Archaeological museum 
    The chance to better understand daily life in Roman times

    Tel: +33 (0) 4 92 90 54 37
  • Fontvieille Aqueduct>>

    Tel: +33 (0) 4 94 51 34 31
  • Bouillide Aqueduct>>
    Tel: +33 (0) 4 94 53 58 75

Nice 

Discover the architectural richness and diversity of the town.

  • Archaeological Museum 

    Located between the amphitheater and the thermal baths, it is equipped with a tactile archaeological space.
    Tel: +33 (0) 4 93 81 59 57
  • The Arenas of Cimiez
    Classified Historic Monument.

    Tel: +33 (0) 4 97 13 20 00
  • The thermal baths quarter
    Remains of three thermal bath groupings, classified as a Historic Monument, and a living area.

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