Welcome to Orange
Two thousand years ago, Orange – then known as Arausio – was one of the major settlements in this sunbaked corner of the Gallo-Roman empire. To cement its status, townsfolk constructed an impressive series of structures, including the town's mighty ancient theatre – once the largest in Gaul, it still steals the show and is rightly (along with Orange's triumphal arch) a World Heritage site. Unfortunately, despite its massive scale, the limestone structure is surprisingly fragile, and a monumental eight-year restoration project is currently underway to preserve it for the future. Expect scaffold until at least 2024.
The modern town itself isn't quite as starry – in fact in places it looks positively unloved – so there's no real reason to spend the night unless you have to.