The Southern city of Nîmes is rich with magnificent Roman monuments that have earned it the nickname, “French Rome.” The city and surrounding region are immensely proud of their Roman heritage. As such, it’s a great place to discover the lasting influence of the Roman Empire.
Walking through the maze of pedestrian streets lined with splendid stone houses, visitors can explore the Museum of Romanité and then climb onto its roof-terrace. Then recharge your batteries in the heart of the majestic Jardin de la Fontaine. Sit on the terrace of a café and have a drink with Nîmes local residents.
Where to Sleep? Where to Eat?
The legendary Hotel Imperator was once frequented by celebrities such as Hemingway or Ava Gardner. In addition to the ambiance and history, guests can experience the creative and gourmet cuisine at Duende, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
Did you know?
“Denim”, the fabric used to make jeans, is called this because it is made in Nîmes workshops. One of the oldest artisanal jean factories in France is still in operation in Nîmes.
Pont du Gard
To continue your journey, don’t miss the Pont du Gard which is just 20 minutes away by car. A marvel of civil architecture 2000 years ago, this aqueduct made it possible to bring water to the inhabitants of the city. It’s a stunning technical feat that is 275 meters long and 49 meters high! The Pont du Gard is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.