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Theatre Antique, Arles

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One of the first theaters in the Roman colony, Theatre Antique offered tragedy, comedy, mime, and pantomime in Roman or Greek. These plays, performed mostly at festivals honoring the gods, were free for all to attend, though some shows were dedicated solely to men. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Theatre Antique by using our Arles vacation planner.
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  • We went to him because he was in the pass, but just after the arenas it seemed pretty "bland" is not an inescapable place of this beautiful city of Arles
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  • Relatively quiet compared to its big brother nearby Amphitheatre (arena), lower proportions and especially badly damaged by time, the Roman theatre however keeps the aura of its ancient ruins. It emerges from the place a romantic charm that highlight old engravings and remained, despite the influx of tourists in the summer. Featured American, or rather Roman, the two columns that make the pair, known as "widows" by the Arles, are all that remains of the famous stage wall. Despite these uncertainties, and although the theater has served as a career, he remains enough stones to imagine what were the ancient representations. In this beautiful setting, you can always attend contemporary performances, recitals or during the festival of the Peplum (XXX edition between 21 and 26 August) at the screening, nightfall, like curtain scene the night sky, a friendly "nanar" Cinecittà version or a classic like Gladiator. In this case, and for your comfort, bring a cushion because the bleachers form hard stone benches at the buttocks, not forget mosquito repellent cream, these Quills insects enjoying as much flesh of the Satyricon as yours.
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  • The place is worth visiting, it is soothing, quiet... Very well kept... When you think that there are more than 2000 years, I find it impressive... Go when you're on Arles...
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  • Your average Roman ruin. I appreciate that they defray the cost by using it as a venue but that means you have to look at the bleachers inside. Nice view of the river tho'.
  • Good visit. Don't miss the video shown near the entrance which explains the true size of the original architecture.
  • Seen better! But quite good.
  • The standing columns and seating as well as the broken pillar pieces are very cool but the whole site calls for about 15-20 minutes. The video presentation was out of order when we were there.
  • Almost just as impressive as the Colosseum in Rome, but without the massive crowds.

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