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Top 5 Things To Do In Arles, France

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Planning a trip to Arles, Provence? Here are five sights and attractions that you shouldn’t miss when visiting this beautiful Provençal city:

1. Roman Arena

After 2,000 years, bullfights and bullgames still happen at the arena during summer months. Otherwise, the stadium is open for touring (€5.50, and student discount available). It provides great views of Arles and insight into Roman times in France.

2. St. Trophime Church

Located on the Place de la République this church has a fantastic Romanesque entrance- well preserved and detailed. Inside and to the right you can find a display with information on the interior aspects of the church.

3. Place du Forum

On the eastern corner of the Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus, the remains from the ancient Roman Forum still stand. Read the plaque and try to imagine what used to be there. Cafés line the square, a little over priced, but a nice spot to grab an afternoon drink and people watch.

4. Museon Arlaten (Arles Folk Museum)

This museum is definitely worth the €1.00 for admission. If anything you get the feel for life in Provence and the tradition in Arles.

5. Walking the Van Gogh easels

Vincent van Gogh came to Provence for inspiration. He settled in Arles and painted many works. There are 12 concrete easels placed at the same vantage point of his original works. You can buy a map of all 12 at any Tourist Information office for €1.00, or you can try to find them on your own.

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Venere Travel Blog writer morgan hille

Morgan is a recent graduate of journalism and dance. She is writing and traveling until she runs out of ideas.

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  1. Stefan | says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 09:48

    Dear Morgan,
    do you have any ideas where to find the dates and times of the bullfights in the Roman Arena?
    And when in summer does it start because we are planning to go there end of march / beginning of June..
    Kind Regards,
    Stefan from Germany

  2. Emma says:
    August 1st, 2014 at 18:30

    Please do not visit bullfights !
    Animals suffer and are killed and mistreated !!

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