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Many peo­ple visit Nîmes to see its 2,000-year-old Ro­man am­phithe­atre, but to get the full goose­bump-in­duc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, you should go dur­ing the week­end of the Grand Jeux Ro­mains from 28-30 April. Dur­ing the three-day event, the city’s am­phithe­atre will host reen­act­ments of the ‘Great Ro­man Games’ and will be filled to its 24,000 ca­pac­ity. From cheer­ing on a spec­ta­cle of char­iot rac­ing, to watch­ing an eques­trian vault­ing demon­stra­tion and pick­ing your favourite in a glad­i­a­to­rial com­bat, you’ll be trans­ported right back to Nîmes’ Ro­man hey­day. Out­side the arena’s walls, the city’s streets come alive with fancy dress pa­rades and in­ter­ac­tive work­shops for chil­dren. Each year the fes­ti­val takes on a dif­fer­ent theme and this year’s edi­tion will cel­e­brate the leg­endary glad­i­a­tor Spar­ta­cus. arenes-nimes.com

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