The third/last stage of Via Aurelia is for exploring natural sites and leads you to Arles, one of the oldest French cities.
With a total length of approx. 200 km, the last stage of Via Aurelia offers a lot of space for spontaneous stop-offs at the coast or in the French hinterland. Off the route you can find two particular geolocial sites, the plateau of “Balcons de la Mescla“ and the breathtaking canyon of Verdon. At the end of the tour, in the city of Arles you can enjoy one of the oldest cities of France with its well-preserved ancient buildings. Even passionate hikers will find a suitable tour at a nearby regional park.
You should schedule sufficient time for visiting “Balcons de la Mescla“ and the canyon of Verdon.
Please check road conditions before starting the tour.
For the stopovers along the road you’ll need sturdy shoes with a good profile, warm clothes and rainwear.
Starting from the airport of Rome-Ciampino, we take Via Appia Nuova (SS 7) and Viale di Porta Ardeatina heading for Piazzale Ostiense, then we continue by Via Anastasio II until Via Sant’Agatone Papa (total duration: about one hour; total length: 20 km aprox.). From there you need to get to Saint-Raphaël via the first and second stage of the Via Aurelia tour.
You’ll find parking lots within the cities and small towns along the route.