AVIGNON City of the river "according to the ones," City of the wind violate "according to the others, it occupies a strategic position. Avignon is already a significant city in 12th century, thanks in particular to the Bridge of Avignon which allows the crossing of the Rhone. With the arrival of the Popes in 15th century, the city becomes one second Rome. Ground of asylum, Avignon is flourishing, it attracts the foreigners, the monks, the artists, the merchants dealer, the bankers and even the proscribed political ones like Pétrarque, well-known for its love for Laure. Arts experience a considerable development. Avignon remains pontifical ground until A the Revolution. Then, the city will grow while overflowing of its ramparts. Today, Avignon is not only one inheritance city, rich downtown monuments and museums, but also true of alive culture thanks to its international festival of success created by Jean Vilar in 1947. It is elected "European City of the culture in the year 2000" Avignon will reveal you all the art of living in Provence. Let stroll in the old streets has the discovery antique dealers and galleries D art, will discover the local gastronomy in the shows of the and the restaurants. Let taste savours of Provence, the "papalines", speciality of the city, a delicacy composed of fine chocolate, sweetens and liquor of origan. Let taste also famous Dimensions of the Rhone, wines celebrated whose Avignon is the capital.