Good for: participating in history
Not good for: the squeemish, the squeamish
- blvd des Arènes Les Arénes, 30000
- adult/under 16/under 11 including audioguide €7.70/€5.60/free
- 09:00-19:00 Jun-Aug, 09:00-17:30 Mar-May & Oct-Sep, 09:30-16:30 Nov-Feb
Lonely Planet review for Roman Amphitheatre
Built around AD 100 to seat 24,000 spectators, this magnificent amphitheatre is wonderfully preserved, even retaining its upper storey. Its system of passages and exits are engagingly called vomitories and were designed so patricians attending combats never had to rub shoulders with the plebs up top. It lives on as Les Arènes, a sporting and cultural venue.
Les Arènes lives on as a frequent sporting and cultural venue - an excellent thing in itself though the scaffolding and temporary barriers do detract from its appeal as a historical site. Buy your ticket at the reception point, tucked into its northern walls.