“Un emplacement rare”, is what the French notary told us, when we bought the house in 2003. And he was right. Villa de l’Arc is situated amidst beautiful mature gardens of almost 2000 m2.
The rotunda with the famous original Roman Arc de Triomphe, a 2000 year old UNESCO-World Heritage site, can be accessed directly through a pedestrian entrance in the garden wall. There are probably only a few places in world where you can live this close to a place of such importance to the Roman empire! (If that was not enough, Orange has another UNESCO World Heritage monument – one of the best preserved Roman theatres – the Théàtre Antique.)
The location is so rare, because, sitting on the terrace, you have a unique stunning view of the Arc.
Coming from the North, the Arc de Triomphe is still the symbolic entrance to the town of Orange, a Provencal town as most people would picture it: quaint little squares and streets, many fountains all around town, and colourful lavender blue shutters everywhere. Friendly small shops, many terraces where you can enjoy a coffee or a bon vin blanc in the shade of an old sycamore tree, and an amazing farmers market on Thursdays. Orange is a well-maintained town with a very active administration.
This is a promotional video, produced by the City of Orange, giving you a good impression of the cosy atmosphere of this charming town.
Located at the edge of the historic centre of Orange, Villa de l’Arc is 5 minutes away from the exit on the A7, the AutoRoute/ between Lyon (1,5 hours to the north) and Marseille (1 hour to the south); 20 minutes from Avignon; 650 km from Paris (2.5 hours from Avignon TGV-station by fast train).