Roman Theatre of Orange, Orange

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Roman Theatre of Orange was built early in the first century CE, and today hosts the Chorégies d'Orange, a summer opera festival. This is one of the best preserved Roman theaters in the Julian colony of Arausio, which was established by the soldiers of the second legion. UNESCO declared this a World Heritage Site in 1980. It is famous for varied dramatic forms, such as mime, pantomime, poetry readings, and attelana, a kind of farce similar to the commedia dell' arte. Roman audiences, who were allowed to attend free of charge, were fascinated by the spectacular and elaborate sets. The theater was originally used as a distraction for the colonies, to discourage them from political action. To visit Roman Theatre of Orange and get the most from your holiday in Orange, create itinerary details personal to you using our Orange trip planner.
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  • Interesting and impressive, good audio guide that moves you around and gives you history and context. Lots of steps in hot weather, but at least lots of places to sit to listen to the guide... 
    Interesting and impressive, good audio guide that moves you around and gives you history and context. Lots of steps in hot weather, but at least lots of places to sit to listen to the guide...  more »
  • If you already have a ticket - perhaps bought at the museum across the road - you can sidle up the left-hand side of the queue, perhaps best by staying on the left of the tape, as though exiting, go.....  more
    If you already have a ticket - perhaps bought at the museum across the road - you can sidle up the left-hand side of the queue, perhaps best by staying on the left of the tape, as though exiting, go.....  more »
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  • I can recommend the Escape Game. It is highly engaging and a great way to add more depth to a visit to the Roman theater. The free audio guide can be combined with the Escape Game, but I would not suggest that. The audio fragments are relatively long and most of your attention will go to solving the puzzles of the game anyways.
  • We took family ticket which cost us 38€ and all we saw was one pretty wall and stairs of the arena were from beton. I really don’t know why is this arena ruined like that. It is UNESCO but as you can see on the photo it is not repaired well and definitely not worth your money…

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