AVIGNON 2013 PRESS KIT. Press contact : Sylvie JOLY + 33 (0)

1 AVIGNON 2013 PRESS KIT Press contact : Sylvie JOLY + 33 (0)

2 Avignon – presentation Key figures on Avignon About Avignon Map of Avignon Practical Avignon. Tourism Office. Visits at your convenience. Thematic visits. Good deals : Pass card & Monument tracker Marks History Can t be missed. The Palace of the Popes. Musée de l oeuvre. The Pont Saint-Bénezet A town of collectors. Collection Lambert. Calvet Museum and the Lapidary Museum. Angladon Museum. Petit Palais Museum. Louis Vouland Foundation. Palais du Roure. Requien Museum. Mont de piété Avignon on stage. Festival d Avignon. Festival off. Permanent theatres. House Jean Vilar Events 2013 Avignon town of gastronomy. Provençal gastronomy. Specialities. Capital of the Côtes du Rhône. Bouteillerie Green spaces and great atmosphere in Avignon Avignon and the environment Avignon in Provence. Avignon in the heart of Provence. Day trip from Avignon Avignon convention centre and exhibition centre P 1 P 2 P 4 P 5 P 6 P 8 P 9 p 10 P 14 P 17 P 19 P 23 P 26 P 30 P 32 Crédits photos : Table of contents C.Rodde – Avignon tourisme, Yann de Fareins, J-P. Campomar – Ville d Avignon, Maison Jean Vilar Cheval Passion.

3 Avignon Press release Avignon is just 2 hours and 40 minutes from Paris by TGV and only 5hours 30 to London by Eurostar (direct line in July and August). Avignon airport provides direct flights to Great Britain in season (Birmingham, Southampton, Exeter and London city) and Marseille Provence airport (only 45mn drive) provides direct flights for 113 destinations with new lines to New-York and Tel Aviv. Avignon, capital of the Christian world in the Middle Ages, home to outstanding architectural heritage, lies in the heart of Provence. The Palace of the Popes, the largest Gothic palace in Europe, residence of the Sovereign Pontiffs during the 14 th century, is in the centre of the city. Near the Palace stands the remains of the Pont d Avignon, famous the world over for the beloved children s song, and a prestigious construction in its own right. Avignon is surrounded by its ramparts. They encircle the city and lead to interesting strolls among the old winding streets, as you explore chapels and churches, buildings from the Middle Ages, city mansions from the 18 th and 19 th centuries. Art and architecture surround you. City squares and terraces, shaded from the summer sun by the leafy plane trees, are an invitation to slow down and enjoy life. The perfect place to watch the world go by, enjoy a drink, chat among friends, rest from a long day of touring or shopping. Avignon museums house a wide variety of collections. The Archaeology Museum, called the Musée Lapidaire displays Greek, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities, the Petit Palais is famous for its exceptional collection of Italian primitive paintings from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The Calvet Museum is the museum of Fine Arts; at Angladon Museum you can see 20th century masters among other object in the founders home. The Vouland Museum shows decorative arts and the Collection Lambert has a vast collection of contemporary art. Avignon is also famous for its theatre festival, founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar. The festival continues to attract the leading contemporary creations in the performing arts. The Festival Off takes place concurrently with the Avignon Festival, showing some 900 works and contributing to transforming Avignon into one major stage. Cultural activities thrive all year long opera, theatre, clubs and associations propose countless offerings. Major events such as Cheval passion in January, the Hivernales contemporary dance festival in February, Altera rosa and its outstanding roses at the Palace of the Popes in May… Avignon is the perfect place to discover and explore Provencal cuisine. Avignon chefs have garnered many stars in the best guides, and propose traditional and contemporary cuisine in lovely restaurants. Avignon s market – Les Halles offers fresh produce and regional products six days a week. As the capital of the Côtes du Rhône wines, there is no lack of exquisite wines to discover. A visit to Avignon guarantees the unforgettable experience of enjoying the Provence lifestyle. Press contact : Sylvie JOLY (0)

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