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Arenes de Nimes

Boulevard des Arenes, 30000 Nimes, France
+33 (0)4 66 21 82 56
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Ranked #2 of 19 attractions in Nimes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
Owner description: The Arènes of Nîmes is the best preserved amphitheatre in the Roman world. A contemporary of the Colosseum at Rome, it provides an exceptional example... more » Owner description: The Arènes of Nîmes is the best preserved amphitheatre in the Roman world. A contemporary of the Colosseum at Rome, it provides an exceptional example of Roman civilisation. The audio-guided and illustrated tour lets visitors experience the gladiator shows and life in Roman times. The gladiator's quarters presents the weapons and techniques of gladiatorial combat, and the Colours of the Bullfighting space introduces you to this world through the magnificent costumes of toreros. « less
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

A great sense of history walking around the arena. Impressive structure. Worth a visit.We visited on a hot day and it was scorching sitting in the terraces.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Currently undergoing and on-going restoration. If there's only ONE thing you see while in Nimes, it has GOT to be this magnificent gem! Amusing and informative (live in French) guided visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We've seen many Ampthitheatres around Europe and this is lauded as one of the best. It's difficult to say this in my opinion. I know that the key to the survival of historical buildings is for them to adapt to modern trends. However I was ultimately disappointed by the addition of the modern seating and metal structures to hold the... More

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gtlasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

beautiful and interesting, great 3 place visit card allows you to do all 3 Nime Roman sites for less than £10

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The amphitheater is still in use today, which is wonderful from the perspective of a local, but as a visitor, the modifications (metal seats, railings, all the extra construction items) added onto this arena detracted from the ancient flavor and made the interior less interesting. The exterior is still well worth seeing, and if you have not been into a... More

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Richmond, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Arene itself is very cool. We parked in a parking lot off the highway and took a 10 minute bus ride on the T1 line to get dropped off right at the Arene. The kids rode for free, so it was very cheap! Approaching the Arene, we were very impressed. We were less impressed once we got in. While... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Had heard a lot about amphitheatre and part played in history and Gladiator film so decided to visit. Was a bit disappointed as lot was cordoned off in preparation for concert the following week. However the audio guide is very instructive and you are able to return to any parts you may have missed and learn more about the history... More

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This old roman arena is in great condition. Spent a good hour seated in the arena people watching as well!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Interesting attraction, but ultimately disappointing. The exterior is wonderful, but the interior is totally spoilt by the modern seats, safety railings, stage and false arena floor. There does not appear to be more than a few square metres of the terracing not covered in scaffolding and metal gates. The audio commentary machines tell little other than a potted history of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

When walking out the door of our accommodation we saw this and it never ceased to impress. Built 1st century AD it is a well preserved Roman amphitheatre, one of four we saw while on holiday, (other three were in Italy) and would have liked to have seen the one in Arles but alas not enough time. A good amount... More

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