The Roman amphitheater

Walking Tour of Arles, Arles


Enjoy a walking tour of Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site abounding with culture and history. This ancient city is located in southern France between the Rhône River delta and the wetlands of Camargue Natural Park. It's a unique place defined as much by its historic Roman architecture as its quintessentially French shady squares and café-lined streets.

Arles is probably most famous in modern times as the city that inspired Vincent Van Gogh—he completed his celebrated 1888 oil painting Café Terrace at Night in Arles. It's possible to visit the exact spot where Van Gogh painted this masterpiece, Le Café Van Gogh, located in the historic city center. But it's only worth a brief stop to snap photos.

Café aside, this walking tour takes place mostly in the historic city center. A pleasant stroll down the old streets reveals the historical legacy of this once provincial capital of ancient Rome. The tour includes stops at some of the most famous Roman, Christian, and medieval sites and monuments in the city, including the well-preserved amphitheater (which dates back to 90 ACE and still hosts bullfighting matches) and the 11th century Church of Saint Trophime.

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