Provence-mapProvence <<proh vahns>> is an important agricultural, cultural, and tourist area in southeastern France. The region stretches east from the Rhône River to the Italian border. It reaches north from the Mediterranean Sea to the central Alps. Marseille, France’s second largest city, is on Provence’s Mediterranean coast.

Provence is famous for its natural beauty and warm climate. Mountains rise in the north and east. The land flattens to farmland and marshy plains. The countryside is bright with flowers and fields of purple lavender. The region’s forests provide homes to many animals. Provence’s coast includes many resorts and fishing villages. The area is known for its food and wine.

People have lived in Provence for more than 1 million years. The region has many important historical sites. A number of famous artists are associated with Provence, including Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin.

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