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 under way to preserve it for the future. Expect scaffolding 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.