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Visit to Arles: Romans, bulls and Van Gogh

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Curious murals that I found in the streets of Arles


In the morning we went to visit the city. Arles was declared a world heritage site by Unesco and this year they celebrate the 30th anniversary of that decision. Therefore they offer a discount on rates to visit the most emblematic monuments of the city. With a ticket of 12 euros you will have access to all museums, the amphitheater and the ancient theater.

The amphitheater of Arles

The visit to Arles I found it a much nicer ride than its neighbor Nimes. Probably, Nimes does not lack monuments to compete with Arles. Even so, the reduction of space to visit the different places of the town is appreciated in the legs.

The visit shouldn't take you long. To keep in mind the most important places to visit in Arles, draw a line between the square of the republic, the cathedral, the Roman theater and finally the amphitheater (or arena) and its adjacent streets. I would say that all these monuments are located just one or two square kilometers so it shouldn't take you long to visit the city in its entirety.

The amphitheater of Arles

This Roman amphitheater is located in the heart of Arles and was built during the same time as his brother in Nimes during the 1st century AD. C. In Roman times it served as a spectacle for gladiators, during the Middle Ages its walls were used as a fortress building houses inside and nowadays it has been returned to the initial Roman model and is used to celebrate bullfights. Around it you will find multiple terraces and souvenir shops.

Roman theater of Arles

Ruins in the Roman theater of Arles

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