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Arènes Review

The best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world is a miniature of the Colosseum in Rome (note the small carvings of Romulus and Remus—the wrestling gladiators—on the exterior and the intricate bulls' heads etched into the stone over the entrance on the north side). More than 435 feet long and 330 feet wide, it had a seating capacity of 24,000 in its day. Bloody gladiator battles, criminals being thrown to animals, and theatrical wild-boar chases drew crowds to its bleachers—and the vomitoria beneath them. Nowadays the corrida (bullfight) transforms the arena (and all of Nîmes) into a sangria-flushed homage to Spain. Concerts are held here year-round, thanks to a high-tech glass-and-steel structure that covers the arena for winter use.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Bd. des Arènes, Nîmes, 30189 | Map It
  • Phone: 04–66–21–82–56; 04–66–02–80–80 feria box office
  • Cost: €8.50; €11 joint ticket with Tour Magne and Maison Carrée
  • Hours: Mar. and Oct, daily 9–6; Apr., May, and Sept., daily 9–6:30; June, daily 9–7; July and Aug., daily 9–8; Nov.–Feb., daily 9:30–5
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  • Location: Nimes
Updated: 12-16-2013

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