Steeped in history and the arts, Orange is world famous for its extraordinary cultural heritage. It was founded in the territory of
the Gallic tribe the Tricastini in 35BC by veterans of the second Gallic Legion, and was then known as Colonia Julia Secundanorum
Arausio. Located in the lower part of the Rhône Valley, it is separated from the areas around
Vaison la Romaine and
Nyons by low hills. Orange’s famous ancient theatre – a UNESCO
world heritage site – was built at the beginning of the Christian era. A remarkable monument, it is the only Roman theatre
in Europe with its scena frons still standing (103 metres long and 36 metres high) and lies across the Saint-Eutrope hill.
Regularly welcoming thousands of spectators for a variety of productions, it now hosts the Chorégies d'Orange,
internationally renowned plays and orchestral concerts talking place in this unique ancient theatre.
What to see and visit: the ancient theatre, the triumphal arch, the Orange Museum of Ancient Civilisations.
Recommended activities: superb views from the top of the Colline Saint-Eutrope, which is also a very pleasant walking destination. Visitors are invited to explore the beauty of the old town, travelling through time as they discover the historical and architectural gems that Orange has to offer.