My first trip to Italy, to the small villages of the Cinque Terre, was both wonderful and not... The villages were spectacular to see, the food amazing, the markets and hiking well worth the trip - BUT, every day, until around sunset, was (to put it succinctly) tourist hell.
I have doing some research, and have found a great place to rent in the historic part of the city for the first two weeks in September. I would very much like not to have the same experience in Arles as I did in Italy. Any insight from someone familiar with the city?