About 50 minutes away by car, Orange is more of a one-trick pony than Arles or Nimes, having as its main attraction its famous amphitheatre… but what a trick!  It is well worth a visit and needs a whole afternoon to do it justice.  Like Arles and Nimes, Orange’s amphitheatre is still used – for an annual opera festival – but unlike Arles and Nimes, the banked seating (capacity 10,000) of the amphitheatre has been carved out of a hill with the stage at the bottom of the hill.  Our favourite detail is the statue of the emperor with the replaceable head (to keep it up to date).  There is a good tour available – for further details, follow the link below:

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