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Address: Arles, France
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This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman...

This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman times.

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A Nice Square

This is the other main square in Arles and as the name suggests it has an ancient past and has some remains. Otherwise it is full of mid-priced restaurants geared to tourists.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Ivor M
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London, United Kingdom
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Lakewood, Colorado
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A nice spot to relax after walking around Arles. There is a wooded park and many cafes surrounding the park.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the other main square in Arles and as the name suggests it has an ancient past and has some remains. Otherwise it is full of mid-priced restaurants geared to tourists.

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Thank Ivor M
Malibu
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Little Italian bistro right in the square mAde a delicious margarita Pizza that was perfect and enough for 3 of us to share

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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351 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The square is very crowded by the tables and of people. The restaurants are, in general, expensive (it's a main tourist area) and the one we chose was not that good despite the price. My suggestion is to take a look at the square and then go eat somewhere else.

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Thank Andre A
Boston, Massachusetts
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Even without its association with Van Gogh, this square is above average in prettiness. Note the two columns in the facade of the hotel on the corner - part of the original Roman forum complex.

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Thank Lyle N
Deptford, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Located near another Roman ruin, the the Cryptoportiques, the Forum is a nice place to sit, people watch, and have lunch or and evening meal.

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Thank Bruce W
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Lively charming place; do NOT visit the tourist trap yellow van Gogh terrace-restaurant because tourist trap prices but visit the 2 big places on the left (when standing in front): not very cheap drinks but fine diner in such atmosphere

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Thank Hans M
Detroit
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Place du Forum is in the heart of Arles. Original columns from ancient Rome. Hint: skip the tourist-packed restaurants at night and find one of the many nice places on one of the side streets.

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Thank BacktoRome
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

It's the scene of Vincent van Gogh's famous bar painting, so you have to go and have a look. It's obviously rather touristy, but hey! I was there as a tourist! In the evening it's a great place to sip at a Marc de Chateauneuf du Pape and watch the world go by.

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Dallas, TX
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

Just stopped by while wandering Arles, and this was a good place to people-watch and soak up some of flavor of the city. Central location, easy to walk to/from other sights. Wish we could have stayed for the evening, but liked the rest we did have.

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