Vaison-la-Romaine, Tuscany in the South of France

Vaison-la-Romaine is full of life and enhances its heritage with an incredibly busy cultural life. There are festivals which put a sparkle into the town all the year round, and the programmes of events always offer a high artistic standard.

 

Every summer the ancient theatre throws its generous curves open to the "Vaison Danses (Vaison Dances) festival". The festival mainly specialises in dance and movement, primal forms of expression which bring all the other art forms together, offering a diverse vision of contemporary creativity. 

It plays host to the very best choreographers and dancers : Maurice Béjart, Sylvie Guillem, Carolyn Carlson, Jiri Kilian, Blanca Li, Angelin Preljocaj, Philippe Decouflé, John Neumeier, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, etc. 

This is the place to come for a whole range of forms of dance, mixing a whole spectrum of sources and styles, from contemporary dance to hip-hop, from flamenco to African or Latin-American dance, from the purest forms to the most culturally cross-fertilised.

Choral singing, music, theatre, comic books, songs, fine arts, etc. - the arts really find their voice in Vaison-la-Romaine. 

There are different festivals for each of the seasons, all the year round. 

 

The land around Vaison-la-Romaine offers a whole symphony of flavours, aromas and colour. A varied range of locally-grown, high-quality agricultural produce enhances the local gastronomy. Vaison offers appellation contrôlée wines (Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Ventoux) which can be tasted when you visit the cellars or hit the wine trail. Winegrowing has been around since Ancient Times and is a key part of the soul and landscape here in Vaison. It has led to numerous trades which make up the human, professional and economic wealth of a sector which is big business in the Vaison-la-Romaine area. 

In the Côtes du Rhône region, vines are grown on hillsides or on the plain, in mostly calcareous ground, and they have the advantage of a Mediterranean-style climate. The wines are mainly reds or rosés, and are fairly “full-bodied”. One unusual feature of winegrowing in Vaison is the sheer number of small farms producing a whole host of tastes and flavours.

 

 

History

Vaison-la-Romaine was a prosperous Roman town: the rich homes and the quality of the decoration that can still be admired today are evidence of this opulent period.

 

The Roman bridge, a major architectural monument, connects the lower town to the medieval town.

 

At the Théo Desplans Archaeological Museum you can see the remains of the sumptuous decorations at first hand and immerse yourself in the daily life of the Romans.

 

Mont Ventoux is also a land of flavours with the truffles, the cherries of Mont de Venasque and the strawberries from Carpentras.

 

 

In the city of Vaison-la-Romaine, ranked among "the most beautiful detours in France", discover a true open-air museum - the biggest Gallo-Roman site in France. The vestiges cover over fifteen hectares, and the public can visit eight hectares of ruins on two sites which stand at the base of the medieval city, silent witness to the past grandeur of the Roman city of Vasio. 

The visit of the Puymin hill takes you into a veritable neighbourhood of the Roman city, with paved streets, the shops, the Nymphea - a fountain and pools - the sanctuary known as the "Sanctuaire à Portiques", a public monument framing a vast garden with columns and rich patrician homes such as the Home with the wreathed Apollo, covering 2000 m2, which was perhaps the home of the Messii family, a leading family in Vasio. See the dining room (triclinium), the kitchens, private baths, latrines, and the big garden with portico and a pool. Also see the 3000-m2 home, the "Maison à la Tonnelle" built on 3 levels. 

The archaeological site of La Villasse lies below this quarter, and is bordered by the street with shops and columns. See the public baths, rich private homes of exceptional size, such as the House with the Silver Bust, covering over 5000m² with a series of rooms, courtyards, gardens. Also see the "Dolphin House". As it was being excavated, this house revealed the successive transformations which changed it from a modest, rustic home into a comfortable city mansion - testimony to the developments in the city of Vasio.

 

 

 

Prices per week 2017, arrival Saturday*

 

low season October through March          € 1.400

 

mid season April, May, June, September  € 1.650

 

high season  July and August                  € 2.450

 

mandatory end-cleaning   € 40

 

* Would you like to rent for a 5-days minimum or wish to arrive on a different day of the week, we're flexible so please tell us your preferences.

 

All included, air conditioning, linnen, towels, Wifi, electricity, heating, local taxes etc. 

 

Please note that the house is ideal for two persons. Small pet is allowed.