Visiting the first of the two Roman centres
Arles Travel Blog› entry 5 of 12 › view all entries
August 4th, 2005 – by: Zen
We then had a look at the amphitheatre ruins, and there really was a lot less left. it was still interesting, and again it appears it is still used for performances. The thing I found really interesting here was how a lot of the original carved stones had been piled up on the side.
Finally we had a stroll through town and found a nice place in a square to have lunch. We were entertained by a band that seemed to be going round town a few times while we were there, playing to people at different restaurants and cafes. After that we continued exploring the town and then went to have a look at the inside of the monastery.
Overall, Arles is a really nice little place, but how long you actually spend there probably depends very much on how interested you are in anything Roman. I could happily have stayed there for a bit longer, exploring each site in detail. But the others had obviously not had Latin in school and were happy with spending less time at each site and just do the general looking-around, which is of course also fine and means you can see Arles in about half a day.
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