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Address: Boulevard des Arenes, 30000 Nimes, France
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+33 4 66 21 82 56
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Contemporary of the Colosseum in Rome, the amphitheater of Nîmes is the...

Contemporary of the Colosseum in Rome, the amphitheater of Nîmes is the best preserved amphitheater in the Roman world. The audio-guided tour, available in 10 languages, lets visitors experience the gladiator shows and life in Roman times. The "gladiator's quarter" presents the weapons and techniques of gladiatorial fights.

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Wow! I didn't know this was in Nimes until I looked up things to see here. Well worth a visit. Lots of information to take in but a really interesting place.

Reviewed October 10, 2015
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 10, 2015

Wow! I didn't know this was in Nimes until I looked up things to see here. Well worth a visit. Lots of information to take in but a really interesting place.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 10, 2015

We are "aficionados"! So we see this extraordinary building at his most flamboyant, vivid and passionate time. But anybody can visit it, outside those rare occasions Awesome...

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2015

The arena in Nemes not only has some great info boards but a really excellent audio comentary which brings the history to life. We spent far longer there than we had envisaged simply because the commentary was so entertaining and informative. This is how historical monuments should be done.

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Thank Rob M
Leawood, Kansas
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Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is a magnificent structure with an excellent audio guide that will almost certainly change your understanding of how the Romans managed their gladiatorial contests. It is by far the most interesting of the Roman buildings remaining in Nimes.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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Reviewed October 9, 2015

OK, we made a quick trip through Nimes and didn't even go inside the Arenes. Failed our tourist duty. But what we did do was magical. Arriving after a meandering walk through the old town just as dusk was settling in, we dropped into chairs at a restaurant (there are several on the south(?) side -- we had great moules... More 

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Croydon, Australia
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Reviewed October 4, 2015

This amphitheater is a great example at just how good the Romans were at building monumental structures. Imagine a theatre that's still being used for concerts today 2000 years after it was built. Although its not on the same scale as the Colosseum in Rome I actually like the Nimes arena more. It is in amazing condition overall and you... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed September 30, 2015

Amazing! This roman arena is spectacular and incredible that it is still utilised today for various events. We entered the arena about 10am and almost had the place to ourselves, but seemed to be a bit busier later on in the day. Loved being able to explore almost all areas of the arena and is in incredibly good condition. The... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

We had a short time to visit the Arena, which the best preserved Roman amphitheatre. The audioguide was for free and tried to create the athmosphere of a Roman citizen's experience of going to a gladiator show in the antiquity. It is interesting, but aimed rather at children (for whom it might be boring). But they do have very onformative... More 

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Reviewed September 30, 2015

Awesome building both inside and out. Only downside is that the modern seating inside does rather detract from the grandeur of what you're looking at. But then again the place is still used for events, although thankfully not for fights to the death to the best of my knowledge! The free audio guide was very good and enhanced the visit.... More 

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 29, 2015

I spent more than an hour to see the Arenes de Nimes. The visitor can wander at will to enjoy this monument and to savour 2000 years of history. Stunning photographs can be taken from all levels of both the arena and the city.

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