It is always nice to see an amphitheatre in good condition and away from Rome. It is still in use! Go with someone who can explain it to you or with a good guidebook.
This ancient Roman coliseum built during the Roman occupation is still in use today. It is a wonderful example of the "empire" in the provinces. The Arenes is used for bull-dancing and other entertainment venues. See it if you are in the area!
If you are lucky enough to be in town when there is a bull chase you will really enjoy the event. I wouldn't go to a bull fight but here the bulls don't get killed, just chased around. There is a lot of pomp and ceremony and it was very interesting to sit there among all the French natives and... More
Arles offers wonderful tour packages to see several sights for one low price -- and you can choose which sights to visit. If that's how you've arrived at the amphitheatre (as opposed to bearing a ticket for a show or a bullfight), do NOT use your ticket to enter. The best of the amphitheater is seen and discovered from the... More
We toured this arena in Arles, which means that we walked around inside on our own. While of course the building itself is incredibly impressive, there is no audio guide or any brochure or informational panels to help you appreciate the arena, the times in which it was built, or how it was used. If you want better information about... More
What a nice surprise to get into an active amphitheater and see bulls NOT getting killed. It was quite a work out for the men running around the bulls. And there was music, dancing and a little theater before! We loved visiting this beautiful arena and found Arles a perfect place to stay while driving to and from other places... More
It is a good example of Rome's engineering expertise. The Coliseum in Rome is bigger, but this is more complete and intimate. Restoration continues on the inside. Arles is small and compact. Lots to see with in short walking distances. Beckons back to a time before cars where we had to walk to get somewhere.
This is my first visit to Les Arènes in Arles and I was slightly disappointed because I have seen the arena in Nimes which is much better preserved and to be frank, cleaner. There was a lot of rubbish at the Arles arena but we still enjoyed our experience and imagined life back in the day. It is still used... More
It was Easter. I decided to do what the locals do on Easter - attend the Corrida in Arles. I've attended other corridas in Mexico and Spain but was so high in the stands that I didn't actually see the gore. Here in Arles the arena is a smaller version so that the Matador and the bull are in glaring... More
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