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Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

Rond-Point des Arenes | Arènes d Arles, 13200 Arles, France
04-90-49-36-86
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Ranked #4 of 29 attractions in Arles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Historic Walking Areas
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Didn't have time to visit inside but Arles should be proud of the efforts in restoring this Roman structure.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Les Arenes is interesting to see because it is still in use. However, if you have seen other Roman amphitheatres, you might want to skip this. After all, the Romans built them to look the same!

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Visit this arena. Even with the modern steel structure and the stands for spectators you can get the idea of the size and importance of this fantastic Roman amphitheater. It's a tangible link to two thousand years ago to an empire in its prime. (See Nimes, too and then compare the arenas)

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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I wish they didn't have the modern bleachers up, but at the same time, it's good the amphitheatre is still in use, and therefore maintained. Very cool restoration and the best example of a roman amphitheatre I've seen. Kids enjoyed running round the outside perimeter.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Well worth visiting, hopefully you will find a local guide. I advise you to do a search about the arena before you visit, or to learn all about it from a traveling book.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

During our week in Arles we had the wonderful experience of attending a bullfight in the Roman arena. It was amazing to sit in the seats as the Romans would have and watch this event. It began with a great deal of pageantry, music, and dance. In this bullfight the bull has the only weapons in the arena, his horns.... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Pretty amazing that an amphitheater built by the Romans is being used today for performances! Not as big and impressive as the one in Rome but still a wonderfully preserved artifact worth seeing.

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Bellinzona, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The Arena is nice to visit, from the top you have a great view of the city. Unfortunately there are no information panels and so the visit was a little bit disappointing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I prefer the experience of visiting Arles to the arena at Nimes. It seems to be more a part of the community. Although not as complete as Nimes I would have liked to have seen it when there were more than 200 houses inside the walls.

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Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

One of the reasons we headed to Arles was to see this amazing structure. Ok, bits of it are missing and it's been altered here and there over the centuries -the towers are a medieval anachronism, for example - but most of it is still intact and the bottom line is that there are few better preserved Roman amphitheaters anywhere.

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