Avignon's Roman Sights

By Viator, August 2013

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There's a popular saying that the best Roman ruins can be found in France, and as you travel in and around Avignon, you'll understand why. Romans indeed left their architectural mark throughout the country, and today you can travel extensively through the south of France simply by following their trail.

Most of the Roman ruins in the town of Avignon itself has been lost to time, unless you count the Palais des Papes – the Papal palace that does not date back to the Roman era, but was literally Rome-away-from-home for a succession of popes in the 14th century.

Just on the other side of the Rhone River is the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the form of a Roman-era aqueduct that spans a waterway. You can cross the lower level of the aqueduct, kayak in the waterway, and picnic on the grounds surrounding this astounding feat of engineering.

A bit farther west is Nimes, which is home to lots of ruins, including a perfectly preserved Roman temple, the Gate of Augustus, and a Colosseum-like arena that still hosts concerts, bullfights, and festivals today.

By using Avignon as a base, you can take day trips to these Roman sights and easily be back inside the walls of Avignon for dinner.

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