Open Road's Best of Provence gives readers a small number of great choices and itineraries for one-day, weekend, one-week and two-week trips. Readers are not weighed down with tons of useless information -- we cut to the chase and give readers short descriptions of the best Provence and the Riviera has to offer. Only the top hotels and restaurants in each price category have been selected for this book. Readers will find a mix of unique trips of varying lengths for the world's best-preserved Roman ruins, elegant seaside resorts and sun-drenched beaches, and savory cuisine and incredible wine. Highlights include: Arles' Old Town, Roman ruins, cafÈs and intimate restaurants; Aix-en-Provence with its shaded squares and bubbling fountains,17th-century town houses and the grand main avenue; the old papal village of Avignon, with its large student population making it a vibrant small city; some of the world's best-preserved Roman sights in NÓmes, "the Rome of France;" cosmopolitan and diverse Marseille; the refined and fun French Riviera; and lovely villages along the way, including: Saignon: Quiet and Unspoiled Lourmarin: The Gastronomic Capitol of Provence OppËde-de-Vieux: A Taste of Old Provence L'Isle-sur-la-Sorge: The "Venice of Provence" UzËs: An Overlooked Gem.