Saint-André Abbey, Villeneuve Lez Avignon. Credit: Olivier TressonSaint-André Abbey, Villeneuve Lez Avignon. Credit: Olivier Tresson
©Saint-André Abbey, Villeneuve Lez Avignon. Credit: Olivier Tresson|Olivier Tresson

Discovering the history of the Popes around Avignon

By making Avignon their home, the Popes irrevocably left their mark on the entire region, from Avignon to Roquemaure, and forged a common destiny. Their presence has shaped our region. Historically, culturally, architecturally and artistically. If the city of the Popes is the anchor point of this singular history, the surrounding communes are so many pages in the same history book.

Practical information

Where is the Villeneuve tourist office?

19 Rue des Récollets, 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

What are the office opening hours?

  • Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 12:30pm / 2pm – 5pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am – 12:30pm
  • Closed on November 1 and 11, December 25 and January 1

How can I contact them?

  • By phone:
  • By e-mail:
Did you know?

18 years before Avignon, the town of Sorgues had its own Palais des Papes, the Palais de Pont-de-Sorgues, in the same Gothic style as that of the Côtes du Rhône capital.

Divine wines at Chateuneuf-du-Pape

To John XXII precisely, elected Pope in 1316, from the bourgeoisie of Cahors, the new pontiff took up permanent residence in the Palais des Papes but chose Châteauneuf to establish a secondary residence. In his pontifical court, Cahors winemakers from whom John XXIII requested the planting of the first papal vineyard.

If production was modest in the early years (account books mention four then six barrels of wine per year), by 1325 papal wine production had reached twelve barrels. In 1936, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC was born, with bottles from prestigious estates gracing the tables of the world’s finest restaurants.

Follow the guide!

The Popes left their mark on the city in the 14th century, and their passage had a lasting influence on daily life in Avignon. With this itinerary, discover the main buildings testifying to the golden age of the City of the Popes.

Avignon CitypassBenefit from the destination at the price
Earn more than 50€ on the tourist attractions of the City of Papes, direct access to museums and monuments of Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, discounts on your visiting guides and certain places. Activities, as well as your favorite station 24 or 48 hours!