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Nice, capital of the département of Alpes-Maritimes and diocesan city, lies on the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels), surrounded by the foothills of the Maritime Alps, in the eastern part of the Côte d'Azur, about 30km/19mi from the Franco-Italian border. Its sheltered location and mild climate made Nice one of the classic winter resorts of the Côte d'Azur and right up to the present time it has remained one of the most popular places of all for holidays.

Colline du Château

The first part of Nice to be settled was the Colline du Château (castle hill, 92m/302ft high), which can be reached by elevator from the shore promenade (Quai des Etats-Unis) at the end of the Baie des Anges. The area at the top has been laid out as a park and offers an impressive panorama (orientation table). The citadel which once stood here was destroyed in 1706. Worth seeing are the remains of two churches built one above the other in the 11th and 15th C., which have now been excavated. Just to the east of the remains there is a good view of the harbor below.

Tour Bellanda

From the Colline du Château in Nice steps lead down to the promenade, passing the Tour Bellanda, a massive round tower built in the 16th C. on the site of the Bastion St Lambert, and in which Hector Berlioz composed his opera "King Lear". The tower houses the Musée Naval (maritime museum).

Vieille Ville

The lively and picturesque Old Town of Nice, with its maze of tiny alleyways and streets, in which one could be forgiven for imagining oneself transported to Italy, is popularly known as "Babazouk". It opens out at the western end of the Colline du Château and in the northwest is bounded by spacious boulevards and parks, which extend over the Paillon (Jardin Albert I, Place Masséna, Promenade du Paillon). In the south it is bordered by the Ponchettes, in which fishmongers and grocers supplement the wares on display at the market on the adjoining Cours Saleya.

Galerie de Malacologie

Near the eastern end of the Cours Saleya (no.3), a short distance to the west of the steps descending from the castle hill, can be found a department of the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle with an aquarium and an interesting collection of molluscs.

Cours Saleya Market

The Cours Saleya Market is the place to go for local foods, such as olives, cheese, fish, or mushrooms, along with flowers and other goods. The prospects for people watching is also very good.

Ville Moderne

The buildings in the Ville Moderne in Nice include those situated on top of the covered-in River Paillon.

Jardin Albert I

The Jardin Albert I in Nice is the park-like area between the Avenue des Phocéens and the Avenue de Verdun; here is situated the Théâtre de Verdure (open-air theater). The gardens extend north as far as the busy Place Masséna, where the Fontaine du Soleil, and a fine fountain are to be seen. To the north extends the busy Avenue Jean Médecin, one of the principal shopping streets in the city, in which further north still stands the neo-Gothic Church of Notre-Dame.

Promenade des Anglais

To the west of the avenue de Verdun in Nice, the Quai des Etats-Unis leads into the Promenade des Anglais and continues along the shingle beach of the Baie des Anges. This highway, which was laid down between 1822 and 1824 on the initiative and with the financial contribution of English visitors, and which has subsequently been widened on several occasions, is lined with numerous opulent buildings, among them the Palais de la Méditerranée (theater), the Palais Masséna and the famous Hôtel Negresco, which is under a conservation order. The old Casion Ruhl, however, was replaced in 1970 by a commonplace concrete building.
The Promenade des Anglais is now a pedestrian area with gardens. Road traffic has been diverted into two tunnels, one on top of the other, each with three lanes, which run under the sea just off the coast. The Promenade is popular with inline skaters, skateboarders, cyclists and families out for a walk.

Palais de la Mediterranee

Palais de la Mediterranee is located along the Promenade des Anglais. Originally erected in 1929, all that remains of the art deco building is the white stone facade. The original structure was home to festivals, shows and games with seating for 1,000. Today the facade, listed as a monument, leads visitors to the luxurious Hotel Palais de la Mediterranee.
Address: 13-15, Promenade des Anglais, F-06000 Nice, France

Parc Phoenix

Parc Phoenix is a massive greenhouse with 2,500 species of plants. The Island that Time Forgot, set in the middle of an artificial lake, takes visitors back to some of the earliest plant life. The 22-metre high hothouse at Parc Phoenix features main tropical and subtropical climates with recordings of birdsong and insects.
Address: 405, Promenade des Anglais, F-06200 Nice, France

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

The Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Nice is housed in the Palais Masséna (65, Rue de France). It contains relics of the Roman era, works of the Nice school of painting (Bréa, Durandi, etc.), Italian and Provençal porcelain, a collection devoted to regional history and culture and including the Nice watercolorists of the 19th C. A large collection of arts and crafts and the Félix Joubert collection of weapons can also be seen.
Address: 65 rue de France et 35 promenade des Anglais, F-06200 Nice, France

Les Baumettes

Fine Arts Museum

In the university district of Les Baumettes in Nice, which adjoins to the west, is situated the Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret. This important art collection includes works by Chéret (d. 1932 in Nice), Fragonard, Braque, Carrière, Chagall, Degas, Monet, Sisley, sculptures by Carpeaux and Rodin as well as pottery by Picasso.
The Fine Arts Museum houses 15th to 20th C French, Italian and Flemish works. Highlights include 17th and 18th-century French paintings, and 19th-century paintings and sculptures.
The museum also houses the Dufy collection and the Alexis and Gustav Adolf Mossa collections.
Address: 33 ave. des Baumettes, France

Jakovsky International Museum of Naive Art

In the Avenue Val-Marie in Nice, is the Musée International d'Art Naëf (Museum of Primitive Art), which originated in a bequest by the art critic Anatole Jakovsky and provides an excellent overview of primitive art throughout the world. Adjoining it there is a research and information center.
This museum displays an international collection of naive art dating from the 18th C to the present day. The collection was donated by Anatole Jakovsky, a Romanian art critic.
Address: Château Sainte-Hélène, avenue de Fabron, F-06200 Nice, France

Cimiez

Cemenelum Roman Settlement

On a plateau in front of Mont Gros in the district of Cimiez can be seen the considerable remains of the Roman settlement of Cemenelum. The amphitheater (over 5,000 seats) and the baths, the largest complex in Gaul, are well preserved. The existence here of an early Christian church has also been proved.
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Archeological Museum

The Musée d'Archéologie (Archeological Museum) in Nice is located within the area of the ancient settlement. Exhibited are finds from the excavations - coins, jewellery, Greek, Etruscan and Roman pottery - which are displayed according to thematic principles.
Address: 160, Avenue des Arenes, F-06000 Nice, France

Musée Matisse

The Musée Matisse in Nice is located in a Genoese villa on the same ancient site. Its contents (paintings, graphic designs, almost all his sculptures, pottery) derive from a gift by the family to the city of Nice. Especially interesting are the sketches for the decorations of the Chapel in Vence.
Address: 164 avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, F-06000 Nice, France

Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez

Lying above the Roman ruins of Cemenelum stands the Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez, originally a Benedictine foundation which was taken over by the Franciscans in the 16th C. and extended in the 17th. Its present appearance is characterized by the restoration carried out according to Gothic models in 1850. The museum shows the life of the Franciscans in Nice from the 13th to the 18th C. and the general spiritual and social work of the Franciscan order. Inside the church there are fine altarpieces of the Nice school, including a Crucifix by Bréa dating from 1475.
In the square outside, from which there is a fine view, stands a marble cross dating from 1477.

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Musée Chagall

In Nice, the avenue de Flirey and the connecting boulevard de Cimiez lead south from the amphitheater and baths. At the crossing with the avenue du Docteur Ménard stands the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall, the most important exhibition of Chagall's works (paintings, etchings, lithographs, sculptures, stained glass, mosaics, wall tapestries on Biblical themes). Works by other artists are also displayed in the temporary exhibitions which are mounted.
The stained glass wall in the concert auditorium is an excellent Chagall example.
Address: Avenue du Docteur Ménard, F-06000 Nice, France

Acropolis

In Nice, the Acropolis is the name given to the Palais des Congrès et de la Musique (center for conventions and other events); the Office du Tourisme also has its office here.
Address: 1 esplanade Kennedy, F-06302 Nice, France

Musée Barla

To the south of the Acropolis in the boulevard Risso in Nice stands the Musée Barla, a branch of the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle. It includes collections dealing with fungi, biological evolution, paleontology, geology and mineralogy. The information displays give current information about endangered species.

Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain

The Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain for modern and contemporary art in Nice was opened in 1990. The architects were Yves Bayard and Henri Vidal. Its four towers, faced in Carrara marble, show a representative cross section of fine arts during the 1960s and 1970s: new realists and pop art, American abstracts, minimalists, the flux movement. In particular, are works on display by Yves Klein, the main representative of the Nouveaux Réalistes, who was born in Nice in 1928. A whole room is devoted to his work and on the roof terrace, which has an exceptionally beautiful view across Nice, two "immatériels" stand, which were created for the museum in 1990.
A short distance to the southeast is the Place Garibaldi, with its statue of the Italian freedom fighter who was born in Nice.
Address: Promenade des Arts, F-06300 Nice, France

Prieuré du Vieux Logis

From the eastern side of the university quarter the dead-straight boulevard Gambetta in Nice and its continuation the boulevard de Cessole lead north to the district of St Barthélemy. In a 16th C. building, the Prieuré du Vieux Logis, on the avenue St Barthélemy (no.59), objects from the 14th to 16th C. have been assembled to represent what the interior rooms of houses would have looked like from towards the end of the Middle Ages: study, dining room, a complete fitted kitchen, etc.; French artisans' work and paintings of the French and Flemish schools are also to be seen.

Harbor Area

At the foot of Mont Boron (178m/584ft), which bounds the Baie des Anges to the east, lies the Nice Harbor area with Port Lympia and the Avant-Port (outer Harbor). Three- and four-storied plain residential buildings in the Italian style characterize the scene. Adjoining on the north is the district of Riquier, developed in a checker board plan after 1780.

Festivals

Nice has an annual May Fair each spring. In June is held the annual Fisherman's Festival and St Peter's Fair. The International Summer Academy is in July and August.

Nice Carnival

The famous Nice carnival, which has existed in Nice since the 14th C., begins 12 days before Ash Wednesday. During this period various performances and festivities succeed one another on a 2km/1mi stretch of the town. The focus is near the Place Masséna of the Jardin Albert I. Processions of floats, cavalcades, masked balls, floral processions, showers of confetti and dancing in the streets are just a few of the highlights. The main Battle of Flowers is on the day after Ash Wednesday. The conclusion of the carnival is marked by a grand firework display on Shrove Tuesday which lights up the whole of the Baie des Anges. At Micarême (mid-Lent) a second celebration takes place.
The carnival is held annually in late February to early March.
Address: Office de Tourisme et des Congrés de Nice, F-06302 Nice, France

Manca Festival

The annual 10-day Manca Festival runs from late March to early April. The name Manca actually stands for "Musiques Actuelles Nice Côte d'Azur." The festival includes a mix of music, ranging from classical to jazz. There are also theatrical and dance performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. A different event is held every night and there are also a few afternoon performances.
The venues include the Palais des Arts and the Opera House.

Grand Parade du Jazz

The Nice Jazz Festival is an annual 11-day festival featuring nightly sessions in the ancient Romanesque Cimiez Gardens. Three stages in the gardens allow for simultaneous concerts.
This is one of the biggest jazz events in Europe and attracts renowned musicians and groups from around the world. The repertoire ranges from traditional to avant-garde.
Address: Opera de Nice, 4 rue St Francois de Paule, F-06000 Nice, France

Sacred Music Festival

This annual three-week festival takes place in mid-June. There are over a dozen events planned every year, ranging from large-scale symphony performances to smaller choral and chamber concerts and organ recitals. The repertoire focuses on spiritual hymns.
Each concert takes place in a different church in Nice.
Address: Festival de Musique Sacrée, 4 rue Saint-François de Paule, F-06300 Nice, France

La Capeline - Festival Mondial de Folklore Junior

This highly-acclaimed folk festival takes place in mid-May and usually lasts for four days.
Events include singing, dancing, and traditional musical concerts.
Address: St Quentin-les-Troo, F-41800 Montoire-sur-le-Loire, France

Place du Palais-de-Justice

Place du Palais-de-Justice in Nice is a renovated town square with colorful stone paving and an attractive fountain. The square is home to the Nice courts, which are the notable architectural highlights. The courts overlook the square with an impressive staircase leading down.

Monuments aux Morts

Monuments aux Morts, built from white stone, displays over 3,600 names commemorating soldiers that died during the Great War. There is an enormous urn in the center and bas-reliefs by Alfred Janniot. The imposing monument faces the sea.

Musée des Arts Asiatiques

The Musée des Arts Asiatiques was designed by well-known Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. The museum building appears to be floating upon an artificial lake, which is home to numerous birds. The museum's collection highlights the court and folk or tribal art with contemporary works. Performances of living art forms, such as the Asian Fridays, the demonstrations of the Gestures of Asia, or weekly tea ceremonies are also offered.
Address: 405, Promenade des Anglais, F-06200 Nice, France

Patinoire Jean Bouin

Patinoire Jean Bouin, located on Esplanade Marechal de Lattre de Tassigny, is an Olympic size skating rink. Skates for hockey, beginners or seasoned skaters are available to rent. The rink has night skating as well with music playing in the background.

Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicolas

Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicolas was built in 1912 by Tsar Nicolas. The ornamental interior houses many historical and religious objects that were transferred from Russia during its time of turmoil.
Address: Av. Nicolas-II, F-06000 Nice, France

Prehistory Museum of Terra Amata

Exhibits at the Prehistory Museum of Terra Amata include a 400,000 year old prehistoric site with ancient hearths. Items on display include tools, animal bones, and dwellings.
Address: 25 boulevard Carnot, F-06300 Nice, France

Royal Salon of the Hotel Negresco

The Royal Salon of the Hotel Negresco has been enshrined as a National Historical Monument. This area is home to a number of boutiques, including ones which house the greatest names in French clothing. Most purchases are duty free.
Address: 37, promenade des Anglais, F-06000 Nice, France

Cuneo-Scenic Rail Trip

There is a beautiful view of the mountains on this scenic rail trip. A long expanse of viaducts and bridges is incorporated into the rail-line's design.

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