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About Arles

Arles Arena, France

In the last days of the Roman Empire, this city was the capital of Roman Gaul. Indeed, it was known as the “Little Rome of Gaul,” and boasts many Gallo-Roman ruins including Les Arènes, an ancient amphitheater seating 20,000 that is still used today for bullfights and plays. The town is frequently bathed in the strong Mediterranean sunlight that inspired legendary impressionist Vincent van Gogh to paint a number of works, and many of the town’s sights are immortalized in his paintings.

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