Aix-en-Provence – The City of Thousand Fountains and home of Cézanne
A slow-paced lifestyle and sultry Provençal charm make Aix-en-Provence an appealing tourist destination. Bathed in the sunshine of its wonderful climate, Aix-en-Provence reveals its beauty in tree-lined streets and stately squares. In summer, it's easy to while away the hours of languid days at leafy parks or shaded sidewalk cafés, and balmy evenings allow you to experience the art de vivre with leisurely meals on restaurant terraces.
Aix-en-Provence has an elegance that reflects its noble heritage. Known as the "City of Counts" because the Counts of Provence once lived here, Aix-en-Provence has several impressive old aristocratic palaces. There are also hundreds of fountains: Aix-en-Provence is called the "City of a Thousand Fountains."
Aix-en-Provence also was the birthplace of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. A walking trail links sites including his childhood home, Jas de Bouffan, and his former studio, Atelier Cézanne. The white limestone mountain Sainte-Victoire overlooking the city as well as the surrounding countryside were frequent subjects of his works.