The city is best known for its beautiful Roman remains including a single-arch bridge, and for its medieval city and its cathedral. What is unusual about a visit to Vaison is that you are able to see 2,000 years of history before your eyes — ancient, medieval and modern — in a single glance.
By planeVaison la Romaine is accessible via the Avignon-Caumont Airport, which is mainly served by low-cost airlines. The other nearest airports are Marseille Provence Airport and Nîmes-Garon Airport.
By trainThe nearest TGV station is Gare d'Avignon TGV, and other lines, the Orange.
By busSeveral bus lines connect Vaison la Romaine cities with the regional (bus line) :
- Ligne 1-2 : Orange - Avignon
- Ligne 4 : Orange - Vaison la Romaine – Nyons - Buis-les-Baronnies
- Ligne 3-1 : Orange - Valréas
- Ligne 14 : Pays Voconces and Vallée du Toulourenc
- Ligne 3-2 : Malaucène - Valréas
- Ligne 3-4 : Vaison - Bollène
- Ligne 18 : Arles – Tarascon – Avignon
By carVaison la Romaine is accessible by RD975 from Orange and exit of Highway A7 and Highway A9 #21 - Orange Centre, as well as the RD 938 from Carpentras.
The city does not have bus service. It is not extensive, and the modern and ancient parts are easy to walk. The medieval part is a little more strenuous to walk through, as it is on a hill dominated by the medieval castle. A tourist train from the tourist office offers a motorized guided tour that lasts 35 minutes and costs 4.50 €.
Two of the most interesting aspects of the town are its geography and its ruins. The Roman ruins and the modern town are in the valley on the banks of a river which is crossed by an ancient bridge from the 1st century AD.
The medieval town is high on a rocky cliff. The valley floor was safe from attack in Roman and modern times. In the Middle Ages, attacks were frequent, and the town retreated uphill to a more defensible position.
The apse of the Church of St. Quenin, dedicated to Saint Quinidius, seems to date from the eighth century; it is one of the oldest in France. As a whole, the cathedral dates from the 11th century, but the apse and the apsidal chapels are from the Merovingian period.
Roman bridgeaddress: 2 Avenue César GeoffrayRoman bridge spanning the Ouvèze, 17 metres above the river. During the floods of September 1992, the waves passed over the parapet.
address: 18 Avenue Général de GaulleAncient Roman forum, with its spa and its shopping streets.
address: 78 Avenue Jules FerryCathedral with cloister.
address: 1 Chemin de BarbanotCastle on top of the medieval city, partially ruined.
Archaeological site of Puyminaddress: rue Bernard Noël
Roman theateraddress: Avenue des Choralies
Saint Quenin chapeladdress: Avenue de Saint-QueninRomanesque chapel, with the particularity of a triangular apse.
Old clock toweraddress: Petite RueClock tower of the medieval city, with a Provençal-style bell tower.
phone: +33 4 90 36 02 11address: Avenue Chanoine SautelVisit the well equipped tourist office for information and a local map.
Weekly Provençal market
Librairie Montfortaddress: 34 Grand RueVery complete choice in literature and local history books.
phone: +33 4 90 36 00 43address: 95 Chemin de SaumelongueWines of the Côtes du Rhône and Ventoux.
You can find several restaurants at Place Montfort.
La Lyristephone: +33 4 90 36 04 67address: 45, Cours TaulignanTraditional French restaurant.
phone: +33 4 90 62 02 46address: Impasse du Grand AlizierThe view from the hotel is magnificent and the service is impeccable.
phone: +33 4 90 36 14 53address: Avenue CoudrayArea for motor homes, rents mobile homes and caravans.
phone: +33 4 90 36 02 02address: Route de St MarcellinWater park, rentals of mobile homes.
phone: +33 4 90 28 78 66address: Quartier des Arts Chemin du Brusquet,
phone: +33 4 90 36 04 71address: rue de l'Evéché3-star hotel. Themed stays are available in history or oenology. Languages spoken: English, German, Italian.
phone: +33 4 90 36 00 11address: 2 place MontfortIn the city centre, pets allowed.
phone: +33 4 90 36 02 11address: Place du Chanoine Sautel
Poste officeaddress: Place du 11 Novembre
address: Located in Hotel BeffroiThe Association is a way to keep in touch with the old city (the "Haute Ville"). There are 100 residences up there and the association fights to keep the citadel "special." It's worth it to find out the local seasonal activities.