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Amphitheater in Nîmes, France (cc)
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Nîmes is a special place. There are few towns in Europe that offer such a sense of the presence of the ancient Romans as Nîmes. Its amphitheater, dating back to the 1st century, is one of the best-preserved of its kind. Indeed, winter visitors get a rare opportunity to attend the theater inside. One of the area’s most famous attractions is the Pont du Gard, an impressive Roman bridge. The city also hosts the feria, or bullfighting, and has a museum devoted to the sport. A walk around the city to explore its many treasures is rewarding, for this charming city is literally filled with squares, fountains, statues, bustling markets and bold gardens.

Sightseeing in Nîmes

No trip to Nîmes would be complete without reveling in the city’s rich Roman history. Start with the breathtaking Roman Coliseum (Les Arenes), where tens of thousands of Romans attended gladiator fights. Events are still held to this day. Entry costs €4.65. It is open from October 15 through March 15, 10 am to 5 pm daily, and from March 16 to October 14 from 9 am to 7 pm. The Maison Carré is the only Roman temple to remain intact in modern times, and this amazing structure has remained in use non-stop since the 1100s. A trip to the Pont du Gard, which is one of the world’s most famous existing Roman aqueducts, is a must.

Last updated February 17, 2012
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