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Nice, Away From The Clichés

Nice, Away From The Clichés

Pedestrian, 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.

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Promenade des Anglais seafront avenue

Prom. des Anglais 06200 Nice

Cours Saleya

Cours Saleya 06000 Nice

Misericorde chapel   Interesting

R. de la Poissonnerie 06000 Nice
Religious buildings

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

R. des Ponchettes 06000 Nice

Cathédrale Ste-Réparate  

R. St-Réparate 06000 Nice
Religious buildings

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.

Leaving the old town, you can climb the Colline du Château (Castle Hill) in less than 30 minutes. The sweeping view over the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) from the Nietzsche Terrasse is wonderful...

Château de Nice

R. de la Providence 06000 Nice

Nice harbour

Quai Papacino 06000 Nice

Place Garibaldi

Pl. Garibaldi 06000 Nice
Garibaldi was born in Nice in 1807 when the canton of Nice was still attached to the House of Savoy. The square is a reminder that Nice was only attached to France as recently as 1860 ... You can view a statue of the great man from the Grand Café de Turin, a Nice institution for over two centuries...

Musée Matisse (Villa des Arènes)   Worth a detour Worth a detour

164 av. des Arènes-de-Cimiez 06000 Nice
Museums and art

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.


Marc Chagall museum   Worth a detour Worth a detour

16 av. du Dr-Ménard 06000 Nice
Museums and art

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.


Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas   Interesting

Av. Nicolas II 06000 Nice
Religious buildings

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.

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