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Ambrussum (Oppidum d'Ambrussum) was a Roman staging post and settlement along the Via Domitia. No new town was built in this location, so you can see it as it was. Part of Pont Ambroix, a Roman bridge, remains. You can see where the lower town or staging post was. Then you walk along Roman roads, with the imprints of cart wheels in the stone, to the upper town where you see remains of buildings and the ramparts.

Location: France - Occitanie - Herault - Lunel
Ambrussum is a bit hard to find. It is located on the west side of the River Vidourle, south of the Nîmes to Montpellier Autoroute. Find the D34 that runs north from Lunel in the direction of Sommieres. Before you get to the autoroute, turn right on a road that runs parallel to the autoroute. It is signed for Ambrussum. From there you can follow the signs. If coming from the Autoroute, take the Lunel exit and head towards Lunel, but you will quickly be turning left on the small road to Ambrussum.
Website: Ambrussum

From the parking lot you walk to a small museum. The staff is very friendly and the museum is nicely designed to show Ambrussum through the ages. Then you take the walk through the site. It takes just over an hour.

The lower town, built in 30 BC along the river, was a road house (or staging post) for people traveling on the Via Domitia. You can see the remains of the buildings. The Pont Ambroix, the Roman bridge that crossed the River Vidourle, was part of the Via Domitia and probably had from 9 to 11 arches (one remains).

The upper town is on the hill beside the river. A marked walking trail takes you up the remains of the roads, where you can see wheel tracks left in the rock, to the ramparts which surrounded the town. There are some remains of buildings.

We enjoyed our visit to Ambrussum and recommend it if you are in this area.


This bridge was on the Via Domitia, a Roman road that went from Italy to Spain.

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Photos from our visit in March 2013.


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