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“One of the best left”

Roman Theatre of Orange
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Orange
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built under Emperor Augustus in the 1st century AD, the Roman Theatre of Orange experienced a real rebirth in 2003, transporting visitors back to Imperial Rome. The new tour and the free audioguide in seven languages tell visitors about the shows and social life in the Provencal city during Roman times. In the new projection room, the film, with computer-generated images and reconstructions of shows, retraces the history of the Roman Theatre of Orange.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

A hugely impressive Roman theatre, one of very few which still have the scene wall. Augustus Caesar presides and you can get a real feel of what it must have been like. During the summer they do concerts there - it used to be opera, but these days it looks as if it's much more easy listening stuff. A really impressive monument of Roman Provence, well worth the visit.

Thank GillianOWarwickshire
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This was so interesting. The audio guide was very good and the video and 3D holograms in the cool were excellent

Thank jane85_10
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

It is one of the best preserved theaters in this part of the world.In summer the festival showcases operas and recitals. The city of Orange is notable for its Roman Arch and the grand Roman Theater. Its acoustic quality is outstanding.
If you want to skip the entrance fee....start climbing,and climb up to the lovely park atop the theatre.Its a lot of steps ,so be athletic. Your reward is a side view from the bluff above that reveals the grandeur of the theatre, as well as, a generous looksie over the town.Do visit the Arc de Triumph which is really a municipal arch erected about 19 AD. Be warned... the 60 foot tall arch is on a noisy traffic circle.
This is not the prettiest part of the world.

Thank Eli B
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We drove through ORange and visited the theatre while on our way to Avignon from Lyon. We had just driven through beautiful lavendar country passing Valreas and then headed to Orange. We did not see much else of repute in Orange but the theatre is a very good stop to make if you are in the vicinity.
The audio guides are very exhaustive and will take about 45 minutes for you to finish the entire spiel. The level of information in the audio guides is not really that valuable though so you can skip some parts and move on instead of spending too much time on unecessary details. The venue hosts many plays and shows and in case you end up visiting on a day when there is a show around the corner it might be worthwhile to watch the show - however the downside is that the theatre generally ends up having lot of crew and props around thus impacting the actual view of the theatre. A public car park is located about 5 minute walk from the theatre and we also noticed a tourist train taking people around Orange and may be worth a try if you have some time on your hand. Be wary of heading to this place in peak summer as it can get extremely hot and will affect your experience.
Budget Travellers Tip : There is a faucet with drinking water running all the time to the right side of the theatre right next to a Chinese restaruant and you can head there to fill in your bottles as there are none avaialble free within the theatre.

Thank JumpingBorders
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Very glad we stopped to see this in Orange. It is an easy walk from the train station (maybe 15 minutes?) and there is a nice audio tour included. Mostly, I'd recommend just sitting in the theater and soaking it in. The one caveat is this: on a Monday there are very few places to eat in Orange. We did not have time for a sit-down restaurant meal, and for the first time in France, we could not find ready-to-eat food anywhere. No open bakeries, no open groceries, nothing. So come prepared with your own picnic!

Thank Conwegian
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