On the Roman trail
Provence is a region rich in historical heritage: preserved Roman sites, fortified medieval villages, the Pont d'Avignon and the Palais des Papes, Cezanne, Van Gogh... The region has no shortage of treasures to discover or rediscover.
The Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard is a 48 metre-high triple-level aqueduct built by the Romans in the 1st century to supply water to the city of Nîmes. A remarkable piece of architecture from the Roman era, it is now the most visited ancient site in France and a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site
Admission: €18 / car to access the site, museum, temporary exhibitions, etc.
Pont du Gard website: www.pontdugard.fr
Distance: 65 km / 40 miles from Bedoin
Vaison la Romaine
In the heart of the town, explore ancient ruins and travel 2000 years back in time....
- The Roman site of Puymin and La Villasse: walk through the most extensive Gallo-Roman site in France, a true open-air museum.
- Archaeological Museum: discover all the small objects that provide a glimpse into the daily life of the Romans
- Roman Amphitheatre: be thrilled by the idea of sitting on the same stone benches as our Roman ancestors... .
- Roman Bridge, one of the rare Roman bridges still used to this day
Additional infos : Vaison
The city of Orange
UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Roman Amphitheatre of Orange is the best preserved theatre in Europe and certainly one of the most beautiful Roman sites in the region.
Built under the reign of Augustus and designed to seat 8000 spectators, it was instrumental in disseminating the Roman culture and language, through comedies, tragedies, juggling acts and other performances.
Nowadays, the amphitheatre is the venue for "Les Chorégies", a world-renowned opera festival.
Other sites not to be missed are the Arc de Triomphe and the Museum of Art and History.
Find out more: www.theatre-antique.com
The Glanum archaeological site
An Ancient Roman city at the gates of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, destroyed by the barbarian invasions, buried and forgotten until 1920, when excavations began.
Find out more : www.site-glanum.fr
Distance: 60km / 37 miles from Bedoin
The Arles Amphitheatre
Between Italy and Spain, the geographical location of Arles on the Mediterranean afforded it a strategic role in the Roman Empire and the city experienced a period of prosperity. Evidence of this are its splendid Ancient Roman buildings, including:
- The Arles Amphitheatre, built in the 1st century and modelled on the Colosseum in Rome. The venue could accommodate up to 25,000 people.
- The Roman Theatre;
- Visit the Musée Arles Antique: Site du Musée
Find out more : Office de tourisme d'Arles
Distance: 80km / 50 miles from Bedoin
The Arena of Nîmes
The Arena of Nîmes is home to the best preserved Roman amphitheatre and Roman temple in the world!
To plan your visit, go to: http://www.arenes-nimes.com/fr/home
Distance: 85km / 50 miles from Bedoin