Provence (/prəˈvɒ̃s/, US also /prˈ-/, UK also /prɒˈ-/, French: [pʁɔvɑ̃s] (listen), locally [pχoˈvã(n)sə]; Occitan: Provença (in classical norm) or Prouvènço (in Mistralian norm), pronounced [pʀuˈvɛnsɔ]) is a geographical region and historical province of southeastern France, which extends from the left bank of the lower Rhône to the west to the Italian border to the east; it is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the south.[1] It largely corresponds with the modern administrative region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and includes the departments of Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, as well as parts of Alpes-Maritimes and Vaucluse.[2] The largest city of the region and its modern-day capital is Marseille.

Provença (Occitan)
View across lavender field to Mont Ventoux
Location of the Comté de Provence in prerevolutionary France
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Largest city Marseille
Demonym(s)Provençal, Provençale
The modern region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
The historical province of Provence (orange) within the modern region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in southeast France

The Romans made the region the first Roman province beyond the Alps and called it Provincia Romana, which evolved into the present name. Until 1481 it was ruled by the Counts of Provence from their capital in Aix-en-Provence, then became a province of the Kings of France.[2] While it has been part of France for more than 500 years, it still retains a distinct cultural and linguistic identity, particularly in the interior of the region.[3]

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