Avignon's Roman Sights
By Viator, August 2013
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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