Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence Antique Tours

Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence Antique
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Arles is often called the ‘soul of Provence’, a photogenic city with a history stretching back 2,500 years and crammed with Roman remains; their extent indicate the importance of the city in Roman times – thanks to its position on the navigable River Rhône – and include an arena, theater and bath complexes. Arles fell from importance around 480 AD but by medieval times was once more a power to be reckoned with, as is proven by the city’s Romanesque masterpiece church of St-Trophime. The priceless collection of Roman artifacts discovered in the region are housed in the sleek, cobalt-blue triangular Museum of Antiquity, designed by Henri Ciriani and opened in 1995. 

Among its treasures, the museum displays a large collection of antiquities, including monumental Roman sculptures, pagan and Christian art and several stunning mosaics. Center stage goes to the model of the water mills that operated in Roman times at Barbegal, thought to be the most complex in ancient times; and the 2,000-year-old barge Arles-Rhône 3, found in the River Rhône and accompanied by a video about its painstaking restoration. 

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Presqu'île-du-cirque-romain BP 205, Arles. Open Wed–Mon 10am–6pm. Admission adults €8; concessions €5; free for children under 18 and first Sunday of every month.
Address: Presqu'île du cirque romain BP 205, Arles 13635, France
Hours: Wed-Mon 10am-6pm
Admission: Adult €8, Student €5, 17 & Under Free
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Small-Group Arles, Camargue and Aigues-Mortes Day Trip from Avignon

Discover Provence’s exotic beauty and ancient roots on a full-day tour of Aigues-Mortes, Camargue and Arles from Avignon. In a small group, travel into the saltwater marshes of Petite Camargue to visit the striking cities of Aigues-Morte and Les Saintes Maries de la Mer and to spy abundant wildlife like herons, flamingos and wild white horses. Then head to UNESCO-listed town of Arles – the city famously captured by Van Gogh in paintings like Le café de nuit.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
$126.91 USD
$126.91 USD
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