Aix-en-Provence is overflowing with stories just waiting for you to be told by its guide-lecturers. Here are 5 essential visits that will allow you not to lose any of the mysteries of « the city of a thousand fountains ».
Discover the Squares & Fountains of Aix
On this refreshing tour entitled “Squares and Fountains”, you set off to discover the history of water. It is this story that has shaped the oldest Roman foundation in France throughout its existence.
So, by following the path of the flowing water, observing the details hidden on the fountains and letting yourself be guided through the squares, you gradually reveal the small and the great history of the city of a thousand fountains. . Handy, moreover, to have so many fountains when it’s hot in summer … Even if we exaggerate a little on the number!
The essential visit in the footsteps of Cézanne
Marvelous for its built heritage, for its history, Aix-en-Provence is also famous for the illustrious personalities who have passed through it. Despised by his time, Émile Zola’s great friend is today a staple in the history of art.
So follow in Cézanne’s footsteps and put yourself into the shoes of this 19th century artist to rediscover the inspiration that made him the father of modernity in art. Through the places frequented by Cézanne and accompanied by your guide-lecturer, you will weave the web of a revolutionary and misunderstood spirit of its time.
The surprising Entremont Oppidum
Very discreet, the Entremont Oppidum is hiding near the borders of the city of Aix-en-Provence. However, on the Puyricard plateau opposite the Sainte-Victoire mountain, this ancient 3.5 hectare town overlooks the entire Arc plain. Built in the second century BC, Entremont was built by the Salyens – a Gallic population – to resist the influence of the all-powerful Marseille.
It is with a guide-lecturer, moreover a trained archaeologist, that all the richness of this site will be fully revealed: The site and the archeology will no longer hold any secrets for you!
Aix-en-Provence and its elegant gastronomy
Aix-en-Provence’s heritage does not stop at its buildings or the great men who have shaped its history. Indeed, Aix-en-Provence also has a rich gastronomic heritage!
The discovery of the city’s culture therefore also passes through tastings combined with a visit of the old center specially dedicated to the history of the city through its gastronomy.
Not to spoil anything, the tour is obviously accompanied by tastings so that you can taste the history of the city yourself.
Streets are telling stories in the old Aix-en-Provence
In Aix-en-Provence, each alley, each passage, each square and each fountain have the power to transport you back in time. Who names the streets? Since when ? Where do they come from ? If you want to do a little odonymy (or the science of street names) while strolling the streets of Aix in a good mood, then this visit will enchant you.
It will also surprise you, as the names of the streets of the city of Aix-en-Provence take you back through the ages and reveal funny secrets about the lives of our ancestors.