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Nîmes City Add-On

France’s Roman City
Holiday information
Nights: 2
Accommodation: centrally located hotel of character
Meal arrangements: breakfast only
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This Holiday in a nutshell
  • vibrant southern city
  • visit the Roman amphitheatre and Maison Carrée
  • centrally located hotel of character
  • enjoy as an add-on to another Inntravel holiday in southern France
 

Situated midway along the Via Domitia linking Italy and modern-day Spain, Nîmes was a prosperous Roman city, and that’s where its attraction lies – the city boasts some of the largest Roman monuments in Europe, and certainly the best-preserved remains you will find anywhere in France.

Nîmes gave the world denim in the 19th century. If you think about it, the clue is in the name – ‘denim’ is a contraction of ‘de Nîmes’, or ‘from Nîmes’.
     
There are two other important sites – the superbly proportioned Maison Carrée and the Porte d’Auguste gateway – but the real focal point is the 1st-century amphitheatre, Les Arènes. Beyond the numerous archways of its impressive exterior, gladiators fought wild animals and one another while a blood-thirsty crowd of thousands looked on. To pull yourself back to the present, visit the glass-and-concrete building housing Nîmes’ museum of contemporary art, as stark a contrast as you can imagine to the city’s ancient past.

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