Do you know Orange? At the gateway to Provence, in the heart of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, lies an ancient Roman city steeped in charm: Orange. As soon as you enter the town you’ll immediately be whisked back in history as you discover the Roman Arc de Triomphe, still standing proudly in all its glory. A little nearer the town centre, and another wonder of ancient times comes into view, the famous Roman theatre, the best-preserved in the world and the only theatre in Europe to have retained its stage wall. Totally exceptional, it is hardly surprising that both are listed as “world monuments”. So it would be a real shame not to explore them when you’re in the area. But Orange, also known as the City of Princes, cannot only be summed up by its history and monuments, there’s also the generosity of its terroir, its rich Provençal flavours and one incredible event: the Chorégies d’Orange.
Did you know? The origin of the town’s name is uncertain, with several hypotheses being suggested. The most likely is that Orange comes from “arausion”, a Latin word meaning the town near the river. And since the town does indeed lie very close to the Rhône, why not?
What to see and do? Discovering the history of the town is an absolute imperative! So come and take a walk back through time as you enjoy its truly original setting. Explore the town on your own or with a guide, the choice is yours. Take your pick from several visitors’ trails that will lead you along its streets and through its history. Experience a journey from the Middle Ages to modern times: the imposing Protestant temple, the 15th century church of Saint-Florent, the statue of Raimbaut, the Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth cathedral and, of course, the ancient theatre and triumphal arch. So yes, there are plenty of sites to see in this City of Princes. Whether you’re a history or art-lover, you can’t help but fall in love with Orange. And if you’re an opera fan, come and take part in the Chorégies festival, one of the oldest in France, and let its music enchant you. Then, finally, don’t leave town without having sampled the renowned Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a wine that always delights the palate.
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