Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
4.5
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Fiona L
Shrewsbury, UK97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Impressive remains of Roman amphitheatre, although much knocked about internally over the centuries. We hadn't planned on visiting the Roman theatre too, but it came as a combined ticket with the amphitheatre, which made it more worthwhile paying to get in to this. The play of light and shadows on the repeating arches is very lovely as one walks around. There are some information boards near the entrance in English as we as French which explain some of the history
Written September 25, 2022
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Ozzie2001
Perth, Australia228 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
What a tragedy!! €18 euro gets a couple access into a priceless antiquity - the interior of which has been consumed by the ugliest and cheapest scaffolding one could imagine. Sure, past generations added, changed and or renovated this monument but the current Administration of Arles has ruined the amphitheater, presumably to make fast bucks with concerts in addition to the couple of million euros they fleece from tourists, who pay to see what the Commune has defaced.
Additionally, if the Commune values tourists then it should remove the unnecessary and ugly posters and billboards from the front of the amphitheater so at least visitors can have unpolluted photographic opportunities.
Disappointing and in a way disrespectful oversight of one of Frances national treasures.
Written September 21, 2023
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schmidtmg
Switzerland1,083 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
this is an excellently restored and impressive Roman amphitheatre (Arènes) that you should visit. In Roman times,it could hold over 20000 spectators, today it is still used for the Provençal version of bullfights. Visit it and explore the interior and the architecture of the place - it will drive home to you how advanced the Roman architects were some 2000 years ago.
Written October 28, 2021
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Completed in 90 AD, it is the 20th largest amphitheatre of the Roman world, seating some 20,000 spectators for the gladitorial games and other gore, all part of the Roman bread and circuses to keep the population happy. It is not in the best of shape, having been a medieval quarry. At that time is was also a veritable town within a town with people living in it. Four defensive towers were built at that timing, sadly detracting from the typical look of such a place. You could not access the arena floor.
Written November 13, 2022
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Diptych
Hampton, UK1,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
What a sense of history and what an enormous arena I was glad that my visit did not coincide with a bullfight, but I would have loved to have attended an opera or concert here. It is thoroughly atmospheric and in fine repair without too many signs of obvious restoration. A real highlight (and I loved the way you were free to wander exactly where you wanted). It is marvellous how snugly the arena seems to nestle in its site.
Written October 4, 2021
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TheWholeTruthES
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL592 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Lives up to Nimes as the surroundings and the whole of the city is a lot more interesting to visit. It is also in use today, and they even had a gladiator show on when we visited, Not a ruins site, but a very much in use event monument. Well worth a visit as the rest of the city of Arles
Written July 12, 2021
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William P
Glendale, AZ1,262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I was surprised that, in Arles, there is so little about Van Gogh. There is a park with a stone image of his face, but very little else. What the main draw to this city is its amphitheatre built by the Romans over 2000 years ago. This was originally a Greek settlement about 600 BC but the Romans took it over around 100 BC. That's when they began this marvelous amphitheatre. I am amazed that it is still so well preserved after this long of a time. It is quite a marvelous site to see. It is still in use today for different athletic events.
Written October 25, 2021
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Michael M
Vancouver, Canada3,515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
This Roman Amphitheatre is very prominent and imposing..we strolled around this structure and we’re impressed as we read a brochure indicating over 20,000 sat in this colosseum witnessing the events…we ate at a restaurant on the edge of this oval arena..I found it difficult not to take my eyes away as I passed the Arena on our 5 day visit..I found myself showing photos of this structure frequently..
Written January 16, 2023
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hydrojoe
Ottawa, Canada282 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The main historical attraction in Arles is the Roman amphitheater which dates back to 90AD. It is still used today for cultural events. A small fee allows you to enter the theatre and look around. You can even go to the arena dirt floor and view the site from that level. Climbing up to the top seats give you a good idea of what it could be like back in the day.

Next to the amphitheater is Théatre Antique d'Arles. It is under repair but a small admission fee gives you a chance to visit the small site and get some information about the site. If you jut want to have a look-see, you can do so by walking on the sidewalk and peek a gander through the metal fence.
Written February 6, 2024
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Amphitheatre (les Arenes) is a beautiful building, even after so many centuries since its construction in the year AD 90 by the Romans. It is a small example of the ingenuity of ancient Roman architecture. Roman amphitheatres were built in many areas where Romans conquered and ruled. There are several examples in France. This is one of them. It's definitely worth visiting.
Written July 17, 2020
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