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Nice, Away From The Clichés
Nice, Away From The ClichésPedestrian, By car, 15 km, 2 days
Contrary to the clichés it contends with, the capital of the Côte d'Azur is young and full of energy... High-tech enterprises, an ultra modern airport located 10 minutes from the centre of town, a university, a national theatre, opera, a cruise port, a hotel catering school ... Nice is particularly fascinating for its light that led Nietzsche and Matisse to dream. As well as the promise of a busy day, this tour will allow you to immerse yourself in the charm of the most Italian of French cities.Customise this route and add it to My travel book
Promenade des Anglais seafront avenue
This chapel, built in 1740 from plans by the Italian Guarini, belongs to the Pénitents Noirs. Volutes and counter curves stand on the bowed façade and its ovoid oculi. No doubt about it, this is the Baroque style in all its splendour. Open the door, and what you see will take your breath away as you contemplate the multitude of angels fluttering between the doric columns and fake marble. In the sacristy, do not miss the two early Nice retables by Jean Miralhet and Louis Bréa.
Nice’s old quarter
Its Genoese-style 18C dome lights up the old town with its 14,000 varnished tiles. Built in 1650 by Nice architect JA Guiberto, the cathedral is dedicated to the city's patron saint. Inside, Baroque influences can be seen in the stuccos and marble.
Château de Nice
Dominating the sea, this 17C villa, with its Sienna earth colour, houses around 30 paintings by Matisse (1869-1954). From dark palettes to canvases lit with the Mediterranean sun, then, after a stay in Morocco, to pure colour, and finally to the refined drawing of cut papers in absolute blue poster paint. 54 bronzes, sketches and models complete the panorama.
This museum contains the largest permanent collection of work by Marc Chagall (1887-1985). 17 large paintings make up the artist's Message Biblique. These compositions describe the Creation, earthly paradise, the Flood, the Song of Songs, etc. The museum also contains a tapestry ( La Création), an external mosaic and three large stained-glass windows.
The cathedral was built by a Russian architect in 1912. Its six cupola with golden bulbs add a touch of the exotic to the Nice skyline and symbolise the importance of the Russian colony on the Côte d'Azur. The interior, in the shape of a Greek cross, with its décor of frescos, woodwork and icons show great goldsmith's work. There is a sumptuous iconostas around the choir.