"The audio tour of the Orange theatre is fantastic!" Top 5 Page for this destination Orange Things to Do Tip by CatherineReichardt

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Entrance to the Roman theatre at Orange includes the hire of self-guided audiotour equipment, and, as with the audiotours of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, the quality of the commentary is outstanding.

Whilst I think it's a pity that conventional tour guides have inevitably lost out in the wake of this development, from a tourist's point of view, it is a real bonus to be able to do the tour at your own pace and to customise your tour to include only what aspects interest you ... plus the added bonus of commentary from a fluent English speaker.

One added quirky aspect of this tour is that a couple of the little rooms under the stands that would have been originally set aside for the wealthy to retire to have been rigged up to provide a 'virtual' visual experience of the types of entertainment that have been offered at this venue over the past two millenia. I have to confess that the charms of Roman theatre went completely over my head (very odd indeed!), but I would dearly have loved to have been there for the psychedelic 70s concerts featuring Tangerine Dream and other artists whose drug and alcohol-induced states probably mean that they have little (if any) recollection of the events other than the ensuing hangovers!

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  • Updated Nov 25, 2011
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