The Island in the Sorgue is an apt name for this ancient mid-river town, surrounded by a moat of flowing water. L’Isle dates from the 12th century, when fishermen built huts on stilts above what was then a marsh. By the 18th century, canals lined with 70 giant wheels powered silk factories and paper mills. Many of them have been left in place; you'll see them as you walk around the edge of the old town.
These days the ‘Venice of Provence’ is known for antiques. It's home to several antiques villages, housing 300 dealers between them. Sunday is the big market day, with antique vendors participating as well, while Thursday offers a smaller market through the village streets.