Often called “little (or French) Tuscany” for its vineyards separated by dark cypresses, village squares, country mansions, culture, and its Renaissance buildings, the Uzège (350 sq. miles or 900 km² around Uzès, just West of the Avignon and the Rhône, and North of Nîmes) is a preserved corner of western Europe that has somehow escaped the notice of the world’s tourist hordes. Here, one can live in a beautiful charming village with stone houses, surrounded by vineyards and gentle hills, and be an hour from the beaches of the Mediterranean in the south, an hour from skiing (in winter) or hill walking and canoeing (in summer) in the north, and less than an hour from Nîmes, Avignon and Montpellier theatre, cinema, restaurants and life.
At the same time in Provence and in Languedoc, the Uzège region has a number of terroirs in which wonderful, distinctive goods such as olives, apricots, wine, cherries, peaches and truffles are produced: gourmet treasures that you can find in the fourteen surrounding villages, which in recent years have been adopted by Parisians. Because it’s the done thing to be seen in Uzès! In summer, this New Lubéron takes on a somewhat foreign accent: an invigorating breath of fresh air that plays its part in the incomparable charm of this city of the Dukes.