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Roman Ruins in Provence

Roman Ruins in Provence

The Roman Empire left its architectural footprint throughout the south of France, and today you can travel extensively through Provence simply by following its trail. Here are a few places to step back in time and discover Roman ruins in Provence.

Avignon

During the 14th century, Avignon was the center of the Roman Catholic world and the seat of papal authority. The UNESCO World Heritage–listed Palais des Papes and the famous Pont d’Avignon (Avignon Bridge) are among Avignon’s top attractions, but most of the Roman ruins have been lost to time. That said, the city remains a very popular base for history-hunters in Provence.

Pont du Gard

Spanning the Gardon River, the mighty Pont du Gard ranks among Provence’s most important Roman structures. This UNESCO–listed treasure is the tallest Roman aqueduct in the world, and also one of the best preserved. Visitors can cross the lower level of the aqueduct on foot, kayak in the waterway, and picnic on the riverbank.

Nîmes

The ancient city of Nîmes is home to many of the best-preserved Roman monuments in France, with sites of interest dating back as far as the fourth century BC. Highlights include the Maison Carrée—a temple built in the 16th century BC by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa—and Nîmes Arena, an imposing amphitheater showcasing the power and prestige of Rome.

Orange

Home to UNESCO–listed sites including the Triumphal Arch and the amphitheater, the Roman town of Orange is rich in history. The local museum houses some of the largest Roman maps ever found—covering Montélimar, Nîmes, and Orange—and sheds light on centuries of exploration.

Les Baux-de-Provence

The medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence sits on a rocky clifftop more than 800 feet (244 meters) high. A popular destination for hikers, Les Baux-de-Provence is also a great place to come for Roman history. Admire the ancient architecture, then browse the bustling markets for perfume and olive oils the way the locals have for thousands of years.

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Half-Day Provence Pont du Gard and Wine Tasting Tour from Avignon

Half-Day Provence Pont du Gard and Wine Tasting Tour from Avignon

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Visit two of the most impressive Roman ruins in Provence and sample the region’s renowned wines on this half-day small-group tour from Avignon. Marvel at the grand aqueduct of Pont du Gard, visit the UNESCO-listed Roman Theater in Orange, then enjoy wine tasting at a Chateaneuf du Pape winery.
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Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
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Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès

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Explore Provence of millennia past on this small-group tour from Avignon. With an expert guide, visit beautifully preserved ancient ruins and hear stories of Roman settlement and culture in southern France. Highlights of your tour include Nîmes' Roman amphitheater and Maison Carrée (Square House), the Fenestrelle Tower in Uzès, and the magnificent Pont du Gard aqueduct – UNESCO-listed site.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Provence Tour: In the Footsteps of the Romans

Private Provence Tour: In the Footsteps of the Romans

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Follow the trail of the Romans through ancient Provence on this private half-day tour from Avignon! With an expert guide, visit celebrated Roman ruins and hear tales of Roman emperors, conquests, engineering and architecture in southern France and beyond. See the UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard aqueduct and travel to the city of Nîmes to view the Magne Tower, the Arena of Nîmes and the remarkable Maison Carrée (Square House), a masterfully preserved Roman temple.
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  • 4 hours
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