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Petit Palais, Avignon

Place du Palais
France 84000
Tel: 33 4 90 86 44 58's insider take:

The vast cobbled square of Place du Palais offers a crash course in the history of European architecture, flanked as it is by buildings dating from almost every century since the 13th. The Petit Palais, a former archbishop's palace, is much lovelier than the Pope's home. It now contains a world-class collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, including a transfixing Botticelli as well as works by Carpaccio and Crivelli. Among the most intriguing is a Gerini depicting the devil as a woman in a red dress (the tail and clawed feet are a bit of a giveaway).

Closed Tuesdays.

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