1. Provence of the Popes: 2/4 days
In Florence and Rome, where the ruins devour the city, the Guelfes, supporters of the Pope, oppose the Gibelins, supporters of the Germanic Emperors.
The throne of St Peter is so threatened that the Popes leave Rome and transport the Holy See to Avignon, which becomes the capital of Christianity, where they will reside during the 14th century.
9 Popes succeeded one another from Clement V in 1309 to Benoit XIII in 1423.
Come on this bike route, to discover the times of the Popes in Provence, palaces, churches, frescoes, castles and vestiges etc... A land full of history.
2. La Provence Romaine: 2/7 days
Provence was the first region conquered by the Romans in Gaul. The Romans settled in the region and created in -118 BC the transalpine province, which stretched from the Alps to the Pyrenees, whose capital was Narbonne.
During the conflict between Pompey and Caesar, Marseilles actively supported Caesar the victor, subjected the city with its armies and punished it. In -49 BC Avignon, Orange, Apt or Carpentras becomes a Latin city.
Follow the way of the Gallo Romaine army and discover the gigantism of its monuments, theatres, amphitheatres, triumphal arch, aqueducts, bridges, vestiges...
The bust of Caesar discovered in the Rhône in Arles, the ancient theater of Orange listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Glanum in St Rémy de Provence, the ancient city of Nîmes and its arenas, the Pont du Gard etc.