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Place du Forum

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Address: Arles, France
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This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman...

This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman times.

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Part of the bustling centre - was there for opening week of Rencontres -

The Place du Forum is flanked on all sides by hotels and cafes. In the summer they spill out to take over the wolf of the central area of the place. Decent range of food and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mark P
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I remember having been in Arles in the 70s of the previous century. Then the Place du Forum was a rather quiet place, with one or two bars and the entertainment then mostly consisted of the occasional fire eater. However, since Arles (re-) discovered it had been the residence of Vincent van Gogh, things have rapidly changed. The 'Café de... More 

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Thank JaaSi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Place du Forum is flanked on all sides by hotels and cafes. In the summer they spill out to take over the wolf of the central area of the place. Decent range of food and drink options, but check first, some are decidedly expensive.

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Thank Mark P
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice area indeed, surrounded by a number of cafes, restaurants and other shops. It is nice to have a look or just sit down and enjoy. The Forum is a typical Roman construction. Every Roman city had one. It corresponds, roughly to today's local Town Hall and Shopping Area. Every suburb and city has its main shopping... More 

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sta barbara
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All of Arles is worth visiting. This is a quintessential Provençal town and is beautiful throughout. Try to visit on a market day.

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Hellertown, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

There are a lot of little cafes in this area, especially The Van Gogh Cafe. Fun, but nothing to write home about. It's only when you go inside that you realize how old this place really is

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Thank Keith D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

The square is very central, there are options of cafés, bars and restaurants. The architecture around it is beautiful and if you're lucky to go on spring or summer time you'll get to see the flowers on people's windows. It's a place to enjoy a nice conversation over coffee or drinks.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

A column, a capital and a portion of a facade. If you didn't know it was there you would totally miss it. The public space adjoining the relic is populated by numerous outdoor cafes and a few shops. But during the early afternoon it was pretty deserted. If you are in the area it is worth a snapshot but don't... More 

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Fullerton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Past through this lovely square at least twice a day, an apartment we rented just 75 or so feet north. Cold breezy weather, not perfect for sightseeing, or outside seating, the restaurants all had staff standing out front, inviting your business. The Van Gogh Café, Famous bright yellow awnings fluttering in the breeze is a lovely site, the lovely statue,... More 

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

Stumbling into this beautiful square was a huge and pleasant surprise. Very characteristic to Arles civic buildings, nicely surrounded by old buildings with beautifully decorated facades, granted some can use some restoration work, this square makes for a nice occasion to take a break at a coffee and watch the lovely locals enjoying their peaceful, seemingly worry-free lives.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

After visiting the amphitheatre in Arles and Nimes thi is just another of the places we had a look at as we were there.

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