There are quite a lot of Roman archeological sites in the area (the Pont du Gard, the Amphitheater of Nîmes, the Maison Carrée in Nîmes, the Roman Theatre and Amphitheater of Arles). But if you feel that they get a bit crowded in summer, why not discover a more hidden Roman treasure, the site of Ambrussum just next to the little village of Villetelle.
In Ambrussum you will discover the remains of a Roman bridge, staging post and fortified town built along the Via Domitia.
Walking along the little paths up to the nice viewpoints you might pass by one or 2 other people… but no crowd! Granted, one can actually hear the nearby A9 motorway in the distance but when you think of it, it just reminds us how clever these Romans were… our modern motorways more or less follow the ancient Roman routes.
I think what I prefer is being able to walk along some beautiful parts of ancient paved roads that have remained in such good state.
The walk is a 2,3 km loop. You can access the site and the museum for free and will get some explanation (even some in English) from the signposts along the walk. But if you prefer there are some guided tours of the site on some days. Check out the timetables and prices on the website: http://www.ambrussum.com
There are also 2 fun ways to visit the site :
- you can do it as a treasure hunt with your children. For this, you need to buy the little booklet at the museum reception desk (but I think it only exists in French unfortunately)
- every Friday at 18:30 during summer 2014, get a guided/acted tour by a theatre company. A Roman and a Gallic person from 2000 years ago will help you discover and understand Ambrussum. Book this at 04 67 02 22 23 / email@example.comChemin d’Ambrussum
Tel : 04 67 02 22 33 http://www.ambrussum.com