Avignon is a wonderful mix of history and culture, set on the banks of the River Rhone. Avignon arrived on the World's stage when in 1303 the Vatican decided to move away from the anarchic violence of Rome to the peaceful pastures of Provence. Although they only stayed for 70 years their legacy can still be seen on the beautiful streets of Avignon.  Famous sites on your trail should include the Pont du Avignon and the Palais des Papes. Nearby you will also find the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine appellation.  (see ourr article on Avignon tourism for more details