There is not only one Provence. Its character develops through its spaces. The wind, the sea, its complex geology, merge with its valleys has unique place where stories are told through cuisines, distinct cultures. What is Provence? That of manadiers, Gypsy processions in Camargue, a land of migratory birds? Or that of the Alpilles, its shepherds and Romanesque castles? Provence extends to Menton, and is thus intertwined on other horizons. Rich of tales and legends, in perpetual movements. In order to understand this complex Provence, why not extending our travel in Piedmont? A part of the occitan culture, land of a deep and rich gastronomy?
AT THE HEART OF PROVENCE
A light. Ocher grounds. A fresh smell of thyme along a path. Perched castles here and there. Colorful landscapes marbled with Roman aqueducts. Turquoise waters and coves, still untouched by human rumbles. From the Alpilles to the Calanques, from the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes, to the wanders of Aix's narrow streets, from Marseille to Gypsy processions in the Camargue. Cézanne's amazes by its diversity, its atmospheres and its gastronomy. The Mistral (wind) takes away all and yet reminds that Provence is reborn every morning. Come and discover the neverending beauty of the heart of Provence!
The French Riviera stretches from Marseille to Menton, and is constantly changing. The sea front reflects this coastal print. From its heavenly creeks to the bright red Estérel massif, it offers remarkable morsels of the Mediterranean. Behind the seafront, vineyards happily colonise the land. Olive trees are scattered through the small valleys. In a low voice the villages tell their stories, far from the sea spray and summer rumour. Stories of truffles, pastoral stories. From the theatrical setting of its gorges to its natural underwater sites, French Riviera is immensely generous.
COUNTY OF NICE & PIEDMONT
A place where civilisations meet, torn between the call of the sea and the call of the mountains, the Alpes-Maritimes is a land of exciting contrasts. Nice is a city of warm colours and rich cultural life, whereas the back country perfectly reflects the nuances of a historically entangled region. The salt road follows a timeless valley, where villages erect obscure dialects and imposing organs as monuments. The Mercantour, a paradise for hikers, overlooks this beautiful setting. Marmots, roe deer and wolves roam freely, keeping their legs fit.