Things to see and do - Nice
Nice, Away From The Clichés :
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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 Black Penitents. Volutes (spiral scrolls) and S-curves decorate its bowed façade and oval oculi. This church is an undeniable celebration of Baroque. Push open the door and your breath will be taken away by the throng of angels flying among all the gilding and imitation marble. Don't miss the two Primitive Nice retables in the sacristy by Jean Miralhet and Louis Bréa.
Nice’s old quarter
Its Genoese-style 18C dome brightens up the old town with its 14 000 varnished tiles; its fine 19C façade, meanwhile, balanced and colourful in line with Baroque tastes, contributes to the animation on the pleasant Place Rossetti. Built in 1650 by Nice architect J-A Guiberto, the cathedral is dedicated to the city's patron saint. Inside, Baroque influences can be seen in the stuccoes 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 works by Marc Chagall (1887-1985). His Biblical Message cycle consists of 17 large paintings depicting scenes such as The Creation, Adam and Eve Expelled from Paradise, The Flood and Song of Songs. A tapestry ( The Creation), an exterior mosaic and three large stained-glass windows are also on show.
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.