The Ile-de-France region has definitely got history. From Paris, home to the French Revolution to the palatial residences of Versailles and Fontainebleau, you pretty much cannot turn a corner without coming face-to-face with something you read about in history books as a bored student in world history class. Add to that its rich artistic history, as the region's scenery served as inspiration for a number of renowned artists such as Pisarro, Corot, and Monet, Ile-de-France is rife with sights guaranteed to sate your historical appetite.

Ile-de-France has served as the political heart of France since Julius Caesar gained control of the area from the Gauls in 52 B.C. Other famous players that spent a good portion of their time in the region include Charlemagne, Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and Napoleon. Fast forward to present-day, and Ile-de-France, as home to the capital city of Paris, remains at the forefront of French politics.