Ventabren is a typical Provencal hill village with a wealth of heritage. First settled some 10,000 years ago, Ventabren has seen more than its fair share of intrigue. Jeanne, Queen of Jerusalem and Sicily, had her husband murdered in Naples by her lover and then married his assassin; as a result and in danger of her own life, she fled to Ventabren where she built a castle whose ruins can still be seen today.
Ventabren also boasts the largest stone aqueduct in the world. The Aqueduct de Roquefavour is just outside the village and carried a vital water supply from the Durance to the beleaguered inhabitants of Marseille. It is nearly twice the size of its more famous cousin, the Pont du Gard.