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Exuding Provençal charm, this low-key town acts as a good base from which to explore the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region.

Orange is a small and quiet town, best known for its semicircular Roman theater, one of the world’s best-preserved examples of Roman architecture. Find another Roman monument and a fascinating museum in this town, perfect for discovering the compelling Roman history and enviable wine culture of this region.

The settlement of Orange was originally founded in 35 B.C., although it wasn’t bestowed with its name until the Middle Ages, when it was placed under the dominion of the House of Orange-Nassau. 

Admire the astonishing Roman Theatre of Orange, a UNESCO-listed monument that is among the most complete examples of Roman architecture in the world. If you visit during summer, secure tickets for the prestigious Les Chorégies d’Orange festival. During the festival, a series of high-quality productions are staged in the Roman theater.

From the front of the theater, take a short walk to the Museum of Art and History. This impressive museum exhibits artifacts ranging from Roman relics to 20th-century paintings from artists including Albert de Belleroche and Frank Brangwyn. 

North of the theater, find the town’s other major Roman vestige: the Arc de Triomphe. Following a 2009 restoration project, this impressive arch has been brought back to its former glory. Inspect the intricate carvings commemorating Rome, now in impeccable condition. 

Stroll around the town and see other fascinating ecclesial buildings, including the Gothic façade of Saint Florent Church, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Nazareth and the picturesque Protestant Temple. Visit Harmas de Fabre, the former home of the famous entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre. Across the road, the Naturoptère museum hosts nature and science exhibitions honoring the legacy of Fabre.

Take a daytrip south of Orange to visit wineries in the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape region, which produces powerful and complex red wines.

Orange is located north of Avignon. Regional trains and buses connect the two towns. Driving from Avignon will take about 30 minutes. The town provides a satisfying mix of ancient history, modern culture and viticulture.

Accommodation in Orange

Securing a good hotel room or suite is an essential part of any journey. Expedia lists many of the finest Orange accommodation options.

Hôtel Arène at Place de Langes, 2 rue Victor Hugo, and the Kyriad Orange Centre, at 86, avenue de l'Arc de Triomphe are two excellent examples of the better quality hotels in Orange. The Mercure Orange Centre, Route De Caderousse, and the Citotel De Provence, 60 Avenue Frederic Mistral, are two other good options

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