THE MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITY, NIMES
STAGE 16
177 km - 23 JULY 2019
“A fresh look at Antiquity ”

Opened in 2018, the Museum Romanité, designed by Elisabeth de Portzamparc, establishes a meaningful architectural dialogue with Roman arenas that are 2000 years old. Inside its walls, 5000 artefacts recount 25 centuries of history. Running until October 2019, an exhibition recounts how the Romans attempted a daring rescue of Pompeii.
The museum also boasts a panoramic restaurant, an expansive 3500m² archaeological garden, and an outstanding rooftop with unbeatable views of the city.

DINNER IS SERVED!

Armand Arnal’s vegetable cuisine

In his Camargue restaurant in Arles, 50km south of Nimes, there are just a few metres between the kitchen and 2 hectares of crops. Every morning, the vegetable magician picks his vegetable before turning them into delicious dishes at a whim.

GO CULTURAL

Photography in Arles

Every summer since 1970, Arles becomes the world capital of photography. More than 40 exhibitions in a unique setting are held in Arles’ heritage attractions.
Highlights for 2019 include: Helen Levitt, Germaine Krull and the Czech photographer, Libuse Jarcovjáková.

GET ACTIVE

Hiking in the Cirque de Navacelles

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cirque de Navacelles lies in the heart of the Vis Gorge. Must-sees include the Viewpoints of Blandas, and the Foux mills.
On horseback or riding a donkey, hiking or on a treetop adventure course, the cirque is packed with great open-air activities for families.

TOUR TRIVIA

Stonings on the Tour!

One of the first times the Tour de France visited Nimes in 1904 remains notorious to this day: unhappy that their favourite, Ferdinand Payan, had been disqualified, supporters in Nimes welcomed the peloton with a hail of stones! This anecdote shouldn’t, though, take away from the warm welcome locals gave the Tour, and how happy they were to have it in their pretty little city. Indeed in 1949, it provided a grandiose start line from within arena.

EXPERIENCE

Roman winery

In Beaucaire, the Mas des Tourelles reveals the grape harvesting and winemaking techniques of antiquity. When the Romans began the harvest in September, they left nothing to chance: slaves worked the press before transferring the wines to the vats.
The winery is open all year.