Puymin Roman Site
The Roman remains at Vaison-la-Romaine are all in good condition for tourists to visit. First, there is the 2,000-metre-square villa of Apollo, which boasts the remains of marble flooring and a thermal bath. Secondly, an immense 3,000-metre-square house, La Maison à la Tonnelle, which was divided into a public section for entertaining, a private home for the family and another part that housed animals and grain. The third attraction is a sanctuary where Roman people could pay homage to local and national personalities and the architecture reflects this; it’s full of grand doorways, elegant columns, a big pool and many statues of Emperors and their wives. Finally, wander the remains of the Roman theatre, which was probably built in the first century AD and which has been protected as a historical monument since 1862. This last is an impressive relic of a bygone age when it could entertain up to 3,000 spectators at a time. It was probably used until the fifth century at which time (in the year 407) Emperor Honorius ordered the dismantling of any pagan monuments. The whole site is currently undergoing restoration and is well worth a visit.