By far the best conserved Roman amphitheater in the globe, the podium has been governing the city of Nîmes for almost 2,000 years, bearing a testimony to the genius of Roman engineers. Nimes was founded by Emperor Augustus and flourished in 2nd century AD due to its propinquity to a natural spring in Ales which brought water to the conurbation via the Pont du Gard. It is down to the fortunate degree of excellence they achieved that we can today relish copious contemporary occasions, from two annual bullfights to congresses and well-liked concerts, Spanish style ferias in so esteemed milieu. Most prominently, the amphitheater rests in the close environs of Orange and the Pont du Gard. What a banquet of antiquity!