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The Greeks established Nice, naming it Nike, or Victory. They couldn't happen to be any better, as Nice originates to represent the right mixture of French urban chic (it is the fifth biggest city in France) and laid-back European enjoyment. It is also probably the most-visited locales on the planet, with apparently every student on the planet converging here throughout the summer time several weeks. Monaco is simply a short train ride away, much like Cannes and Villefranche. Despite the fact that you'll be drawn to the opulence and grandeur of Monte Carlo, or even the haute culture of Cannes, don't underestimate the magnificence of this quintessential French city. 
While Nice may be the unofficial capital from the French Riviera, it's not only a seaside town. Seven museums, an attractive opera house, and various world architecture all get together to lead an aura of culture towards the city. Artists, authors, and philosophers happen to be attracted here through the centuries, using the city counting Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, and Friedrich Nietzsche among its site visitors through the years.
Around Nice attempts to obtain a status like a well-rounded, cultured city, its city fathers realize that vacationers help settle the debts, plus some gorgeous resorts and hotels extend along Promenade des Anglais and Quai des Etats-Unis, the gorgeous beachside promenade in Nice. Beaches are busy virtually all year round, as Nice likes excellent weather through the four seasons. You will find over 3 hundred times of sunshine each year here, so you'll don't have any problem focusing on your tan.
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships pier in the Port of Nice/Villefranche. The airport terminal is simply a stone's discard, and you will find road and rail links towards the relaxation of Nice.
Trains leave from Nice's primary stop to Monaco, Villefranche, and Cannes, amongst others. In Nice itself, buses are often the easiest method to circumvent town. Sunbus will sell a day pass for just about any of the buses. Bicycles and scooters are another easy way see Nice's sights. Taxis can be found, but pricey.
Local Interests
Nice might be the main city from the French Riviera, but there's a great deal to experience here aside from the beach. Visit the tourist office (5 Promenade des Anglais) for information. A fast method of getting an introduction to Nice is as simple as using the Train Touristique de Nice. This small sightseeing vehicle takes under an hour or so to inform you the majority of Nice's most widely used tourist sights. Across the beach may be the Promenade des Anglais, a quaint strip of land filled with shops and restaurants, an ideal place for individuals watching. Because the promenade winds east, it might be the Quai des Etats-Unis.You will possibly not anticipate finding a Russian Orthodox Chapel around the French Riviera, however the Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicolas a pleasant (Avenue Nicolas-II) is simply that. Czar Nicholas II purchased the ornate cathedral built. The whole Romanov family will come to Nice, which was their chapel.
You will find seven museums in Nice, a great deal for any town whose favorite pastime is installing. These warrant a glance, consider you are tight on time, you will not wish to miss the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Palais Masséna (65 Rue p France) or even the Musée des Beaux-Arts (33 Avenue des Baumettes). In the former, you'll be able to see representations of Nice through history, together with an attractive painting of Napoleon symbolized like a Caesar of The Italian Capital. The second includes a fine assortment of art in the past 200 years, with artists for example Renoir and Monte symbolized. Marc Chagall fans may wish to have a short area visit to nearby Cimiez for that Musée National Message Biblique Marc-Chagall (Avenue du Dr-Ménard). An attractive assortment of Chagall's scriptural scene visions is displayed here, together with almost 500 works of art, sketches, and sculptures.
Things to See &  do
Vieille Ville (Old Town)
The picturesque Old Town of Nice, with its maze of narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets, has a lively ambience reminiscent of Italy. Popularly known as "Babazouk," the Vieille Ville begins at the western end of the Colline du Château and is bounded by spacious boulevards, including the Jardin Albert I, Place Masséna, and Promenade du Paillon. The southern end of the Old Town borders the Ponchettes where fishmongers and grocers bring their fresh products to market on the nearby Cours Saleya. The colorful flower market, a traditional Provençal event that reflects the richness of Nice's daily life, beautifies the street every morning (except Mondays). There are also stalls selling soaps, food products, and spices. The market offers all the ingredients necessary to cook the delicious Mediterranean cuisine of the Côte d'Azur, from Nice olives, sheep's cheese, and local mushrooms to fresh fish.
A few steps away from the Cours Saleya on the Quai des Etats-Unis is the Galerie des Ponchettes (Musée Dufy), a museum dedicated to the art work of Raoul Dufy. This museum displays an outstanding collection of Dufy's charming, vibrant paintings. Another noteworthy museum on the Quai des Etats-Unis is the Musée Alexis et Gustav-Adolf Mossa. The 19th-century artist, Alexis Mossa, was renowned for his landscape watercolor paintings, which feature gorgeous scenes of Nice, the Côte d'Azur, and the Provençal countryside. His son Gustav-Adolf Mossa also painted landscapes and later developed his own unique surrealistic style.
Another highlight near the Cours Saleya is the Palais Lascaris on the Rue Droite. Definitely worth visiting, this sumptuous Baroque palace from the 17th century was the home of the Lascaris-Vintimille family, the Counts of Castellar. On the ground floor, the fine entrance hall is fitting of a grand palace. The rooms on view feature furnishings from the 17th and 18th centuries, Flemish tapestries, rich stucco work, and ceiling paintings of the Italian school. Regular exhibitions held here show the artistic heritage of the region. Another interesting attraction in the Old Town of Nice is the Palais des Rois Sardes, the former palace of the Kings of Sardinia.
Promenade des Anglais
The most emblematic street in Nice, the Promenade des Anglais is a gorgeous pedestrian area that follows the curve of the Baie des Anges beaches. This legendary seaside road is lined with planted palm trees and filled with elegant gardens. Originally just a small footpath, the Promenade des Anglais was developed by Englishman, Reverend Lewis Way in 1820 at his own expense. It was then called the "Chemin des Anglais." The road was further enhanced in 1931 when it was given two separate roadways. At the time, Queen Victoria's son, the Duke of Connaught, inaugurated the promenade in royal style.
Today, the road traffic has been diverted with underground tunnels, making the promenade ideal for people to stroll. The Promenade des Anglais is also popular with cyclists and skaters. Since the Belle Epoque, it has been graced by opulent buildings such as the Palais de la Méditerranée theater and the exquisite Villa Masséna (65 Rue de France) palace, once the home of a Princess. Now a historic landmark open to visitors, the Villa Masséna houses a museum of art and history and is surrounded by a gorgeous park with formal French gardens. Another exceptional building on the promenade is the Le Negresco (37 promenade des Anglais), which is listed as a National Historical Monument. Le Negresco is a lavish five-star luxury hotel with a world-class art collection.
Colline du Château (Castle Hill)
On a hill overlooking the Nice coastline, the site of Castle Hill was the first area of Nice to be inhabited by the Greeks two millennia ago. Once considered impregnable, the citadel was destroyed by soldiers of the French King Louis XIV in 1706. Now the property is set aside entirely as a park. This idyllic place is a pleasant oasis of greenery, shady trees, and rushing waterfalls. The park inspires visitors to enjoy a leisurely stroll and take in the spectacular views. From this point, the panorama includes the Baie des Anges, the Vieille Ville, and the Nice harbor. Inside the park, boutiques and restaurants as well as the ruins of two old churches are worth seeing. At night, the Colline du Château is illuminated with special lighting effects.
Visitors can arrive at the Colline du Château by foot from the OId Town of Nice or take an Art-Deco lift or escalator from Place Garibaldi. Another option is to take the Little Tourist Train that departs at the end of Quai des États-Unis. After visiting the park, tourists may take the steps that lead from the Colline du Château down to the Promenade des Anglais, along the way passing the Tour Bellanda. This massive 16th-century tower was built on the site of the Bastion Saint-Lambert, where Hector Berlioz composed his opera "King Lear." The tower houses the Musée Naval (maritime museum). Address: Rue des Ponchettes, Rue de Foresta, Montée Montfort, Nice
Musée Matisse
Sitting on the hill of Cimiez, the Musée Matisse is must-see attraction for art lovers. This delightful museum lies in a historic Genoese villa surrounded by splendid Italianate gardens. The permanent collection represents an extensive and diverse ensemble of Matisse's works. There are 68 paintings, 236 designs, 218 drawings, and 56 sculptures (almost all the sculptures Matisse ever created), along with interesting sketches for the decorations of the Chapel in Vence. The entire ensemble of works provides an overview of the artist's creative method and genius. It was given by Matisse's family to the city of Nice, where the artist lived from 1918 until 1954. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits every year as well as screenings of art films and conferences. Address: 164 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, Nice Official site: http://www.musee-matisse-nice.org
Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez
Near the Matisse Museum and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez lies in the stylish quarter of Cimiez directly above the ancient ruins of Cemenelum, which has interesting vestiges of the Roman baths and amphitheater. Originally a Benedictine foundation, the monastery was taken over by the Franciscans in the 16th century and extended in the 17th century. Its present appearance is characterized by the restoration carried out according to Gothic models in 1850. Inside the church are fine altarpieces of the Nice school, including a Crucifix by Bréa dating from 1475. The square outside offers an outstanding view and features a marble cross dating from 1477. The monastery also has a museum that shows the life of the Franciscan monks in Nice from the 13th to the 18th century. The visit offers insight into the general spiritual and social work of the Franciscan order.Address: Place du Monastère, Nice
Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain
This museum of modern and contemporary art was opened in 1990. Housed in a sleek building created by architects Yves Bayard and Henri Vidal, the building has four towers faced in Carrara marble. A whimsical modern art installation adorns the courtyard. The museum's collection represents a cross section of fine arts from the 1960s and 1970s, including new realists and pop art, American abstracts, minimalists, and the flux movement. Particularly noteworthy are works on display by Yves Klein, of the Nouveaux Réalistes movement, who was born in Nice in 1928. The museum showcases his work in one room and on the roof terrace, which has a breathtaking view across Nice. After visiting the museum, tourists may take a short walk to the nearby Place Garibaldi, with its statue of another famous Nice resident, the Italian freedom fighter Garibaldi. Address: Place Yves Klein, Nice  Official site: http://www.mamac-nice.org/english
Fontaine du Soleil
This verdant park-like area is located between the Avenue des Phocéens and the Avenue de Verdun. The expansive gardens extend north as far as the busy Place Masséna, which boasts the Fontaine du Soleil, a splendid fountain featuring a statue of Apollo, the Greek Sun God. The Jardin Albert I has a pleasant open-air theater, the Théâtre de Verdure surrounded by pine and palm trees. In the spring and summer, this outdoor venue offers music concerts, including rock festivals and performances by popular rock bands. A short walk away from the garden is the busy Avenue Jean Médecin, one of the principal shopping streets in Nice. The neo-Gothic Church of Notre-Dame is worth a look while visiting the neighborhood. Address: Place Jean Paul II, Nice
Musée Chagall
Admirers of Marc Chagall will be delighted by this museum. The Musée Chagall houses the most important exhibition of Chagall's works in the world. The collection includes Chagall's paintings, etchings, lithographs, sculptures, stained glass, and mosaics. There are also wall tapestries on Biblical themes. The museum's concert auditorium features a stained glass wall that is a magnificent example of Chagall's artistry. The museum also displays temporary exhibits of works by other artists. Address: Avenue du Docteur Ménard, Nice
Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas
Built in 1912 by Tsar Nicolas, the Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas is considered one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches outside of Russia. Inspired by the Muscovite style, the cathedral has a richly decorated interior with many ornamental icons, murals, and carved woodwork as well as an iconostasis of embossed metal. A virtual jewel box, the interior contains historical and religious objects that were brought here from Russia during its time of turmoil. The cathedral is still used as place of worship. Visitors are admitted, but must respect certain rules: Men will not be admitted bare-chested or in shorts. For women, mini skirts and shorts are not allowed, shoulders should be covered and a head covering is preferred.
Address: Avenue Nicolas II and Boulevard Tzarévitch
Musée des Beaux Arts
In the university district of Les Baumettes, the Musée des Beaux Arts offers an extensive collection of works spanning the 15th to 20th centuries. The collection represents French paintings, including French Impressionist, Italian, and Flemish works. Highlights are the 17th and 18th-century French paintings, and 19th-century paintings and sculptures. Artists represented include Chéret, Fragonard, Braque, Carrière, Chagall, Degas, Monet, Sisley, sculptures by Carpeaux and Rodin as well as pottery by Picasso. The museum also houses the Dufy painting collection and the Alexis and Gustav Adolf Mossa art collections.
Address: 33 Avenue des Baumettes
Beaches and Diving
This is actually the part you've all been awaiting. Regrettably, beaches in Nice function not measure as to the you've imagined in france they Riviera to become. Beaches from the Caribbean are far better compared to rocky beaches from the Riviera. Nice, particularly, is cursed with huge pebbles rather than sand. It's vital that you bring sandals or footwear, unless of course you need to finish track of very sore ft. A seaside pad is really a necessity, and you will have little difficulty finding one. The best beach space in Nice continues to be blocked removed from the general public through the finer hotels that us dot the shoreline. The general public beaches continue to be nice, without any lack of sun worshippers out all day long lengthy. Nude getting a tan is illegitimate, but topless physiques would be the rule, not the exception. Dive fanatics should contact Center Worldwide de Plongee p Nice (2 Ruelle des Moulins) for info on dive activities.
Each year, Nice revives a classic tradition, beginning around the Friday before Carnival. Charivari recalls the Dark Ages, when local people would parade out and about banging containers and pans to focus on townspeople who didn't pay a tribute towards the town once they marry, as was the custom. Now Charivari is simply a need to be boisterous for 5 days, concluding inside a raucous Carnival circus celebration. The Great Festival du Jazz is definitely an annual event locked in this summer, with the best contemporary jazz artists carrying out.
Dining & Night life
Nice's dining choices are very diverse, to complement the tastes of their worldwide visitors. Across the Promenade des Anglais and Quai des Etats-Unis are a few delectable choices, filled with sights from the Mediterranean. Love Rivage (24 Rue St-François-p-Paule) comes with an excellent location, equidistant from Vieux Nice the shore. Sea food enthusiasts may wish to look for Grand Café p Turin (5 Place Garibaldi). Chantecier (37 Promenade des Anglais) is incorporated in the beautiful Hotel Negresco, and also the food here is probably the best in most of France. Chez Michel (11 Rue Meyerbeer) is nearby, having a great sea food menu in an affordable cost. L'Ane Rouge (7 Quai Deux-Emmanuel) is really a quaint restaurant supplying a full menu of French faves. L'Olivier (2 Place Garibaldi) is notable because of its great location, an ideal place for individuals watching when you chow lower on ocean bass.
Bonaparte behind Nice Port are the best place to source foodie purchases. If you’re thinking of indulging in a Provençale pique-nique,Nicola Alziari, 14 rue St François de Paule (www.alziari.com.fr; tel. 04-93-62-94-03), near the Old Town’s Opera house will provide everything from olives, anchovies, and pistous to aiolis and tapenades. For an olive-oil tasting session—and the opportunity to buy the goods afterward—check out Oliviera, 2 rue Benoit Bunico (www.oliviera.com; tel. 04-93-11-06-45), run by the amiable Nadim Beyrouti. Maison Barale, 7 rue Sainte-Réparate (www.barale-raviolis.com; tel. 04-93-83-63-08), is generally regarded as the finest fresh pasta maker in Nice, if not on the entire French Riviera. With 120 years of experience, they makes a mean ricotta ravioli. Caves Caprioglio, 16 rue de la Préfecture (tel. 04-93-85-66-57), is the go-to place for rare Provençal wines and big name Bordeaux vintages. In the port, Confiserie Florian, 14 quai Papacino (www.confiserieflorian.com; tel. 04-93-55-43-50), has been candying fruit, chocolate-dipping roasted nuts, and crystalizing edible flowers since 1949. Tastes become even more offbeat in the rue Bonaparte area. Le Péché Mignon, 41 rue Bonaparte (tel. 04-93-89-75-56), is where three generations of Niçois have gone for high-end patisserie and picnic goodies. Boulangerie Lagache, 20 rue Arson (tel. 04-93-19-04-83), is often the holder of the annual best baguette in Nice award. Italian-operated O’Quotidien, 2 rue Martin Seytour (www.oquotidien.fr; tel. 04-93-55-43-50), is an all-organic local food store: Customers (and lunchtime diners; set menu 16€) can sample, then purchase their weekly wine from huge vats.
Opera fans are going to be enthralled in Nice, because the Opéra de Nice (4 Rue St-François-de-Paul) presents a comprehensive schedule of performances. You will need to get tickets early, since the best seats fill up quickly and also the worst seats are actually far off from the stage.
Nice's old town is positively charming, with small cobblestone roads winding around and from time to time intersecting one another. This is actually the best place in Nice for shopping. There's an abundance of suppliers or boutiques here. The road names you are searching for are Rue Paradis, Place Green, Rue Massena, Rue p Verdun, and L'Avenue Jean-Medecin.
Clothes -- Nice’s densest concentrations of fashionable French labels are clustered around rue Masséna and avenue Jean-Médecin. For more high-end couture, the streets around place Magenta, including rue de Verdun, rue Paradis, and rue Alphonse Karr are a credit card’s worst nightmare. A shop of note is Cotelac, 12 rue Alphonse Karr (tel. 04-93-87-31-59), which sells chic women’s clothing. Men should try Façonnable, 7–9 rue Paradis (www.faconnable.com; tel. 04-93-88-06-97). This boutique is the original site of a chain with several hundred branches worldwide; the look is conservatively stylish. For more unusual apparel, Lucien Chasseur, 2 rue Bonaparte (tel. 04-93-55-52-14), is the city’s most fabulous spot for Itali
The trendy Gigi (10 Rue p la Liberté, 04/9387-8178) is definitely pleased to outfit you in fashion. A Pleasant niche is crystallized fruit, and you will find shops offering their wares everywhere. Henri Auer (7 Rue St-François-p-Paule) and Confiserie Florian du Vieux-Nice (14 Quai Papacino) are a couple of stores that might be happy to assist you.
Concept stores -- For antiquarian books, contemporary art, kitsch, and comic books, wander north from place Garibaldi to rue Delille and rue Defly, just past the MAMAC modern art gallery. Hairdresser-cum-clothes atelier My Cut Concept, 11 rue Delfy (tel. 04-93-01-53-19), is a typical local combination. On the same street, l’Ara, 2 rue Delfy (tel. 04-93-87-65-86), sells vintage Scandinavian furniture and objets d’art. For more offbeat gifts, Chambre Cinquante-Sept, 16 rue Emmanuel Philibert (tel. 04-92-04-02-81), stocks beautifully unique Art Deco delights. More vintage is for sale atDeux Pièces, 2 rue Antoine Gautier (tel. 06-68-86-23-00), including ‘60s sunglasses and ‘80s sneakers. In the Old Town, Caprice Vintage, 12 rue Droite (tel. 09-83-48-05-43), purveys Dior scarves, Zegna silk ties, and '70s Bakelite telephones. A few blocks away, Pour Vos Beaux Yeux, 10 rue Alexandre Mari (www.pourvosbeauxyeux.com; tel. 04-93-01-69-25), translates as ‘For Your Beautiful Eyes’. Optician-proprietor Charles Mosa stocks a selection of original prescription glasses and shades, divided into sections dating from the ‘50s to the ‘90s. Steve McQueen would most heartily approve.
Souvenirs -- The best selection of Provençal fabrics is at Le Chandelier, 7 rue de la Boucherie (tel. 04-93-85-85-19), where you’ll see designs by two of the region’s best-known producers of cloth, Les Olivades and Valdrôme. Nearby at Atelier des Cigales, 13 rue du Collet (tel. 04-93-85-85-19), expect top-class, hand-painted pottery and ceramics from across the province.
Antiques -- Nice’s antique quarter (www.nice-antic.com) on the western side of Nice Port is second only to Paris in terms of serious collecting. Over 100 antiquaires line the streets of rue Foresta, rue Ségurane, and rue Antoine Gautier. Goods range from '50s Milanese furniture to Tibetan art and Dresden ceramics. Must-visits are Harter, 35 rue Ségurane (www.hartergalerie.com; tel. 04-93-07-10-29), for mid- to late 20th-century furniture, art, and lighting, and Hierro des Villes, 4 rue Antoine Gautier (www.hierrodesvilles.com; tel. 04-97-12-15-15), for far-out modern art and furnishings. Less expensive than bona fide antique stores are Dépôt Ventes. These warehouses are stocked with house clearance goodies and are veritable museums to Nice’s wealthy past. The richest families seem to have shoveled all their Chanel homeware into Mademoiselle, 41 rue de France (www.mademoiselle-nice.fr; tel. 06-88-54-22-00), a Dépôt Vente Luxe near the Negresco Hotel.

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