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Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

Rond-Point des Arenes | Arènes d Arles, 13200 Arles, France
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Ranked #4 of 31 Attractions in Arles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Historic Walking Areas
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Both towns have Roman amphitheatres, Nimes is the oldest but Arles is bigger by six metres and has been restored to its former glory. Both stage bull fights - but no killing. Everybody has heard of or seen the Colosseum in Rome; either of these amphitheatres are better by far if you want to experience the atmosphere of this place.... More

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Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain
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26 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is definitely a place you should visit whilst in Arles. It is a good size roman amphiteatre, that still is in good condition.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We did not pay to go inside, as it seemed too expensive. Instead, we walked around the entire structure and just enjoyed seeing the remains of a Roman arena and imagined what it might have been like when it was new. At the entrance, you can see inside a bit to get an idea of what it looks like without... More

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Waitsburg, Washington
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116 reviews 116 reviews
44 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We were lucky enough to have a French guide, and learned about the 2,000 year old history of the town and this arena, including the way the arches of this (one of the few Roman arenas still standing I am sure) structure were accomplished without morter, that has more than stood the test of time. We were transported back to... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I always listen about Aix-en-Provance. It is ok but to big. Places like Vaison la Romain, St Remy, Arles, les Baux get a better value. They are cities with lot of nature, history and Romain castles, cities, abbey, anphiteatre, arenes, gardens. Mostly of the products like lavanda and provence food (sauces, olive oil, rose wines) are cheaper and abundant.

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Shelton, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We bought the Arles "passport" which allowed us into 3 different venues. Glad we did when we saw the price of 6.5 Euros to see nothing but dirt. No events were happening when we were there. However it was interesting to climb around the place and imagine back to ancient Roman times when the place was hopping with gladiator and... More

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New London, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Definately was worth the long drive from the villa I stayed at with friends in Lourges. Arles is a busy vibrant modern French city with amazingly preserved Roman Ruins....The Amphitheatre the best.

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SE England
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94 reviews 94 reviews
12 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The ampitheatre looks amzing on the outside but if you are foolish to go in, you will see everything covered in scaffold type seating and a bull ring (they "tease" the bulls rather than massacre them here - not that there is much of a difference). When I then discovered that what you do see is basically a total rebuild,... More

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Washington DC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We bought the Arles pass, as well as the Van Gogh map, so the Amphitheatre was included in the Arles pass (worth buying). The Amphitheatre is nearly 2,000 years old and is fairly large, most of it is original but parts are not. It is worth walking up to the medieval towers that were added on later, as it gives... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We stopped off in Arles on a guided tour and were not expecting to find an open amphitheatre. We were able to take a look inside at this amazing piece of history we paid a small fee and took lots of photos from every angle. We walked around on our own which was not a problem well worth it.

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