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Planning a short break to Avignon? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Avignon. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Avignon. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Musee du Petit-Palais

Place du Palais. This used to be the bishop's palace where the first two popes of Avignon lived. The museum houses an important collection of paintings from Italian schools of the 13th to the 16th centuries, including from Florence; Venice; Siena; and Lombardy. The museum also has a few galleries that are dedicated to Roman and Gothic sculptures.

The museum is open from June to September Wednesday to Monday from 10h00 - 13h00 and 14h00 - 18h00; and October to May Wednesday to Monday from 09h30 - 13h00 and 14h00 - 17h30. Admission is $7.20 for adults; $3.60 for students and childre; and free for children under 12.

Musee Louis-Vouland

17 rue Victor-Hugo. This museum is housed in a 19th century mansion, which opens onto a beautiful garden. It displays Avignon's treasure of 17th and 18th century antiques and objets d'art, which includes Sevres porcelain; the comtesse du Barry's tea set; great tapestries from Aubusson and Gobelins; glittering chandeliers; and commodes. The museum is open May to October Tuesday to Saturday from 10h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 18h00, Sunday 14h00 - 18h00; and November to April Tuesday too Sunday from 10h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 18h00. Admission is $4.80 for adults and $3 for children and students.

Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms

Place du Palais. The cathedral dates back to the 12th century and contains the Flamboyant Gothic tombs of some of the apostate popes. The main feature of the cathedral, it's crown, is a 19th century gilded statue of the Virgin Mary. From the cathedral you can stroll through the garden of the promenade du Rocher-des-Doms. The cathedral is open everday from 09h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 18h00. Admission is free.

Le Prieure

7 place du Chapitre, Villeneuve-Lez-Avignon. This charming hotel is housed in what was the cardinal's residence in 1322, and has an ivy-covered stone exterior; green shutters; and a tiled roof. The hotel offers a range of facilities, including a restaurant; a bar; a lounge; an outdoor pool; 2 tennis courts; and room service. The comfortable rooms with excellent views, have a mini bar; TV; hair dryer; safe; air conditioning; and a full bathroom.

For more information visit the hotel's website: www.leprieure.fr/

Musee Calvet

65 rue Joseph-Vernet. This museum is housed in an 18th century neoclassical mansion, and it exhibits an extensive collection of ancient silver. On display in the museum are works of Vernet; David; Corot; Manet; and Soutine. The museum's top attraction is Le Cortege nuptial, bye Brueghel the Younger. The museum is open Wednesday to Monday from 10h00 - 13h00 and 14h00 - 18h00. Admission is $7.20 for adults; $3 for students; and free for children under 17.

Musee Lapidaire

18 rue de la Republique. This museum is housed in a rennovated 17th century Jesuit church, and contains mostly Gallo-Roman sculptures. The museum depicts the history of the different civilizations that have cultivated Provence. There are a number of amazing Greco-Roman statues on display, including a copy of Praxiteles' Apollo the Python Killer. The Museum is open May to October everday from 10h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 18h00; and November to April everyday from 14h00 - 18h00. Admission is $3.60 for adults; $1.80 for children 12 - 18; and free for children 11 and under.

Christian Etienne

10 rue Mons. This is the best restaurant in Avignon, and is housed in a stone house that dates back to 1180. The dining room features 15th century frescoes, which honor the marriage of Anne de Bretagne to the French king in 1491. They serve a range of excellent local Provencale dishes, including filet of red snapper with black-olive coulis; and rack of lamb with fresh thyme and garlic essence. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 12h00 - 14h30 and 20h00 - 22h30. Reservations are required.

Palais des Papes

Place du Palais. This is one of the most famous palaces in the Christian world and dominates Avignon from a hill overlooking the town, the palace dates back to 1309. It was the headquarters of a schismatic group of cardinals. The palace's main attractions are the Chapelle St Jean; Chapelle St Martial; the Grand Tinel; the pope's bedroom; the Stadium; and the Grande Audience. The palace is open November to March everyday from 09h30 - 17h45; April to June and August to October everday from 09h00 - 19h00; and July everyday from 09h00 - 20h00. Admission is $11.45 for adults; $9 for students and seniors; and children under 7 are free.

Shopping

Avignon has many shopping streets in the pedestrian area, which are located at Joseph Vernet and St Agricol streets; the district of la Balance; and the wide Republic avenue. Taking a stroll along these pedestrian malls, you'll find a large variety of well stocked luxury shops; Provencal materials, including ceramics and pottery; terra cotta figurines; handicrafts; and other specialities of the region.

La Fondation Angladon-Dubrujeaud

5 rue Laboureur. This museum was opened in 1995 and houses the excellent art collection of Jacques Doucet. There are many early works of art on display from Picasso; Braque; Max Jacob; Marcel Duchamp; and Guillaume Apollinaire, as well as Cezanne; Sisley; Derain; Degas; and Modigliani.

You can walk through Doucet's former house, which is also filled with rare antiques and art objects, including 16th century Buddhas and Louis XVI chairs designed by Jacob.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 13h00 - 18h00. Admission is $6 for adults; $3.60 for students and children 14 - 18; $1.80 for children 7 - 13.

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