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Les Thermes & La Villa Des Arenes

Mar 15th, 2008 | By | Category: Historic Sites

Beautiful Italian buildings from the XVII century which house the Archeological Museum and the Matisse Museum (Matisse was a famous painter). This museum includes a unique collection of drawings, engravings, all the books illustrated by Matisse, preliminary paintings, virtually all of his sculptures and a great many photos provide a better understanding of this 20th […]

Place Garibaldi

Mar 15th, 2008 | By | Category: Historic Sites

The Place Garibaldi also stands out for its architecture and history. It is named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, hero of the Italian unification (born in Nice, which was still a part of Sardinia-Piedmont at the time), who was ferociously attached to the union of Nice to Italy. A Statue of Garibaldi is erected in the centre […]

Promenade des Anglais

Mar 15th, 2008 | By | Category: Historic Sites

It is the Promenade des Anglais which Nice is most famous for. This superb sea-front boulevard, always decked with flowers, follows the curve of the Baie des Anges and was originally a path just two metres wide. It was an Englishman, the Reverend Lewis Way, who had it built at his own expense in the […]

Cours Saleya

Mar 15th, 2008 | By | Category: Historic Sites

One of Nice’s greatest pleasures is wandering the outdoor markets along the Cours Saleya. Blooms of every colour and shape burst to life. Row after row of spices beckon. There are grapes the size of golf balls and olives glimmering in the sun. Fresh fish are stacked in icy display cases. Besides the vendors under […]


Mar 3rd, 2008 | By | Category: Historic Sites

On the hill north of the city, the suburb of Cimiez is most easily reached from the Boulevard de Cimiez. Here, the Romans built their Cemenelum to compete with rival Greek Nikaia down the road. It is noted for its excavated Roman ruins, including baths and an amphitheatre that is a venue for Nice’s famous […]

Cathédrale St-Nicolas (Eglise Russe)

Feb 5th, 2008 | By | Category: Historic Sites

The five brilliantly coloured onion-domed cupolas of Nice’s Russian Orthodox cathédrale, built 1903-12, are a startlingly surreal sight against the flat red-tile rooftops of the central western suburbs. If you visit only one church, go and see this beautiful pink and grey marble oddity, filled with intricate carving, icons and frescoes, and a marvellous iconostasis.

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