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As the Romans do

In the south of France, a city named Nimes is still ruled by ancient Rome

By MARY WINSTON NICKLIN The Washington Post

This article was published July 8, 2018 at 2:18 a.m.

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The best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world, Les arenes de Nimes is a focal point of this lively southern French city.

Where to eat

• La Bodeguita, Royal Hotel

1 Place d’Assas

royalhotel-nimes.com/labodeguita/—Le-restaurant

Locals love this restaurant, packing the outdoor terrace situated on a central square.

• La Pie qui Couette

Rue des Halles

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Inside the buzzing central marketplace (Les Halles), take a seat at the counter and order lunch from the chalkboard specials. The chef has worked in top restaurants across France, and now showcases the best local products found in Les Halles.

• La Piazzetta

2A Place du Chapitre

restaurant-lapiazzetta.com

An authentic Italian restaurant serving pizza, antipasti, pastas, fish and meats overlooking a fountain of cascading pools. This square is beautifully illuminated at night, and the restaurant has an outside terrace for appreciating the ambience.

What to do

• Amphitheater of Nimes

Boulevard des Arenes

arenes-nimes.com/en

The world’s best preserved Roman amphitheater hosts events throughout the year, such as the Great Roman Games. Outside of these events, the amphitheater is open every day for visitors. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter, and until 8 p.m. in July and August. A tour with an audioguide costs about $11.50. A pass gives access to the three Roman sites managed by Culturespaces — the amphitheater, Maison Carree and Tour Magne — for about $15 (valid for three days).

• La Maison Carree

Place de la Maison Carree

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Called “square house” in French, this exquisitely preserved Roman temple is the beating heart of the city of Nimes. The building has inspired architects around the world. Inside, a film narrates the history of the temple. Opening hours vary throughout the year from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter (with a closure for lunch) and from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in July and August. Admission costs about $7.

• La Tour Magne

Les Jardins de la Fontaine, Place Guillaume Apollinaire

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Located inside the Jardins de la Fontaine, this Gallo-Roman tour once had views all the way to the Mediterranean in ancient times. Today you can climb to the top for beautiful views of Nimes. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter (with a closure for lunch), and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in July and August. Admission costs about $4.

Information

nimes-tourisme.com

The Great Roman Games of 2018 told the story of Spartacus in eight episodes. Here, Spartacus’s army of freed gladiator-slaves fights with Roman troops...

President Thomas Jefferson spent hours admiring this stately Ro- man temple in the French town of Nimes. The Maison Carree, also called the “square ho...

Emperor Hadrian arrives at the Great Roman Games in Nimes, France. While re-enactments of the gladiator tournaments take place every April, the amphit...

A funny thing happened on the way to the Airbnb. As we dragged our suitcases along the cobblestones in the southern French city of Nimes, we saw a gladiator on a cellphone. The helmet-wearing warrior, looking straight out of ancient Rome, winked at my kids and kept marching toward the amphitheater.

Where to eat

• La Bodeguita, Royal Hotel

1 Place d’Assas

royalhotel-nimes.com/labodeguita/—Le-restaurant

Locals love this restaurant, packing the outdoor terrace situated on a central square.

• La Pie qui Couette

Rue des Halles

facebook.com/la.pie.qui.couette

Inside the buzzing central marketplace (Les Halles), take a seat at the counter and order lunch from the chalkboard specials. The chef has worked in top restaurants across France, and now showcases the best local products found in Les Halles.

• La Piazzetta

2A Place du Chapitre

restaurant-lapiazzetta.com

An authentic Italian restaurant serving pizza, antipasti, pastas, fish and meats overlooking a fountain of cascading pools. This square is beautifully illuminated at night, and the restaurant has an outside terrace for appreciating the ambience.

What to do

• Amphitheater of Nimes

Boulevard des Arenes

arenes-nimes.com/en

The world’s best preserved Roman amphitheater hosts events throughout the year, such as the Great Roman Games. Outside of these events, the amphitheater is open every day for visitors. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter, and until 8 p.m. in July and August. A tour with an audioguide costs about $11.50. A pass gives access to the three Roman sites managed by Culturespaces — the amphitheater, Maison Carree and Tour Magne — for about $15 (valid for three days).

• La Maison Carree

Place de la Maison Carree

maisoncarree.eu/en

Called “square house” in French, this exquisitely preserved Roman temple is the beating heart of the city of Nimes. The building has inspired architects around the world. Inside, a film narrates the history of the temple. Opening hours vary throughout the year from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter (with a closure for lunch) and from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in July and August. Admission costs about $7.

• La Tour Magne

Les Jardins de la Fontaine, Place Guillaume Apollinaire

arenes-nimes.com/en/node/1316

Located inside the Jardins de la Fontaine, this Gallo-Roman tour once had views all the way to the Mediterranean in ancient times. Today you can climb to the top for beautiful views of Nimes. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter (with a closure for lunch), and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in July and August. Admission costs about $4.

Information

nimes-tourisme.com

The Great Roman Games of 2018 told the story of Spartacus in eight episodes. Here, Spartacus’s army of freed gladiator-slaves fights with Roman troops...

President Thomas Jefferson spent hours admiring this stately Ro- man temple in the French town of Nimes. The Maison Carree, also called the “square ho...

Emperor Hadrian arrives at the Great Roman Games in Nimes, France. While re-enactments of the gladiator tournaments take place every April, the amphit...

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