Arles, France

In Arles, the stones have a story to tell. Arles isn’t just an open-air museum. It
is a city that is at once popular and artistic, generous and anti-conformist, rural and
contemporary. Its heritage is a reflection of its life.
A Greek trading post in the wake of Massalia, a Roman city cherished by Julius
Caesar and then Augustus, an influential centre of Christianity from the 3rd century
onwards, the capital of Gaul in the 4th century, a prosperous farming community
until the Renaissance, a major river port until the advent of railway transport in the
middle of the 19th century… Arles and its immense delta – covering an area of 758
km2, making it the largest municipality in France in terms of territory – have enjoyed
every golden age.
As capital of the Camargue, it is and always has been a place of transit, where cultures
meet and mingle. The city could have lost itself in the mix, but instead built an
identity upon it. Families rooted here for generations, Arlesians by chance or by
design, all of its people are attached to their shared land. Arles is a world unto itself,
standing sweetly and proudly apart, a legacy of the Rhone and a historical gem where
the art of living is forever reborn.
An invitation to travel… And to daydream.

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