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Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

Rond-Point des Arenes | Arènes d Arles, 13200 Arles, France
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Ranked #4 of 30 Attractions in Arles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Historic Walking Areas
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited Arles as part of a river cruise but decided to visit the town on our own rather than take a guided tour. The arena was simple to find, just head into the town and up hill. At the top of the hill is this amazing structure. We bought tickets which included the theatre and were in our opinion... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We saw Les Arenes as a part of our river cruise tour so we had a guide who filled us in on its history. I thought it was an interesting place to find smack dab in the middle of a charming little French town but realize so many of the towns along the Rhône were places the Romans established long... More

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is incredible that you can walk around such an old arena and imagine what it was like when the gladiators fought and died here. They still put on events here and they were setting up scaffolding while we were there. You can get some incredible views from the top of the arena. You can walk all over the place... More

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

If you go see an event such as the cultural show you still get to see the amphitheatre but it comes alive and you feel the history. Otherwise it is an amphitheatre ...if you've never seen one then probably it is more exciting. At 6.5 euros it is pricey just to walk around and take photos.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Quite a trek up a steepish hill and then the steps to the amphitheatre but worth the effort. There is on going renovation to preserve the place. Information boards on the past and present provided in French and English.

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Norwood, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Really a great take with and excellent trip around the site , and a demonstration to a school group while we were there about the weapons swords shields etc used in the amphithreatre during roman times

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

If this is your only opportunity to see a Roman amphitheater by all means take it. But if you have a choice between this one or the one in Nimes (about 30 miles from Arles), visit the latter. We visited the Arles Amphitheatre during one of the twice weekly summer bull games, which is a bunch of local guys playing... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A great attraction to take in while visiting Arles. The ancient amphitheatre is still in continuous use, hosting bull fights (or, as they are called here in politically-correct terms, "bull runs") and other mock-gladiator shows. It's all quite interesting - but would be more useful to have guided tours on hand, highlighting the history of the place.

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The Amphitheatre is almost rebuild and you can obviously see that. It is somehow a "new", ancient Amphitheatre. This was the main reason that we weren't much impressed. Personally I would prefer to find the ruins of it, it would make much more sense. Apart from this, it is quite large and you can visit it if you like and... More

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Oakville, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I was disappointed in the lack of guides in this place. A spot was set up to view a short film of poor quality. The amphitheater has been fairly well preserved and is used today for bullfighting. Barbarity is alive and well in Arles and did not end with the gladiators, apparently. I expected tour guides and a better delivery... More

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