The French Riviera

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  • 1. Chapelle du Rosaire

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the outskirts of "new" Vence, toward St-Jeannet is the Chapelle du Rosaire, better known to the world-at-large as the Matisse Chapel. The...Read More

  • 2. Commune Libre du Safranier

    Neighborhood/Street

    A few blocks south of the Château Grimaldi is the Commune Libre du Safranier, a magical little neighborhood with a character (and mayor) all...Read More

  • 3. Glacier Fenocchio

    Restaurant–Sight

    For fresh, homemade gelato-style ice cream offered in a rainbow of 100 flavors and colors, stop at Glacier Fenocchio any day of the week 9 am...Read More

  • 4. Gorges du Verdon

    Geological Site

    You are here for one reason only: to explore the extraordinary Gorges du Verdon, also known as—with only slight exaggeration over another, more...Read More

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  • 5. Le Sentier du Littoral

    Trail/Path

    Bordering the Cap's zillion-dollar hotels and over-the-top estates runs one of the most spectacular footpaths in the world. Nicknamed the Sentier...Read More

  • 6. Musée Jean Cocteau

    Museum/Gallery

    On the waterfront opposite the market, a squat medieval bastion crowned with four tiny watchtowers houses this extraordinary museum, France...Read More

  • 7. Musée Matisse

    Museum/Gallery

    In the 1960s, the city of Nice bought this lovely, light-bathed 17th-century villa, surrounded by the ruins of Roman civilization, and restored...Read More

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  • 8. Villa Eilenroc

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Le Sentier du Littoral passes along the beach at the Villa Eilenroc, designed by Charles Garnier, who created the Paris Opéra—which should give...Read More

  • 9. Villa Kerylos

    House/Mansion/Villa

    One manifestation of Beaulieu's Belle Époque excess is the eye-popping Villa Kerylos, a 1902 mansion built in the style of classical Greece...Read More

  • 10. Allée de la Liberté Markets

    Market/Bazaar

    Shaded by plane trees and sheltering a sandy pétanque field (occupied around the clock by distinctly unglamorous grandfathers inured to the...Read More

  • 11. Arènes

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The Arènes (often called the Amphithéâtre) is still used for concerts and bullfights, and can still seat up to 5,000. Back down on the coast...Read More

  • 12. Basilique St-Michel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This majestic basilica dominates the skyline of Menton. Beyond the beautifully proportioned facade—a 19th-century addition—the richly frescoed...Read More

  • 13. Café de la Place

    Restaurant–Sight

    On your way from the overpriced parking garages, you'll pass a Provençal scene played out with cinematic flair yet still authentic: the perpetual...Read More

  • 14. Carlton InterContinental

    Hotel–Sight

    Built in 1912, this was the first of the grand hotels to stake out the superb stretch of beach and greenery on La Croisette, and thus is the...Read More

  • 15. Casino Barrière de Saint-Raphaël

    Casino–Sight

    Looking out over the waterfront, catering to the city's many conventioneers, the casino's slot machines operate daily 10 am–3 am (4 am on Saturday...Read More

  • 16. Cathédrale de la Nativité de la Vierge

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In the center of the Vieille Ville, the Cathédrale de la Nativité de la Vierge was built on the Romans' military drilling field in the 11th...Read More

  • 17. Cathédrale Notre-Dame-du-Puy

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On a clifftop overlook at the Old Town's edge, the Romanesque Cathédrale Notre-Dame-du-Puy contains no fewer than three paintings by Rubens...Read More

  • 18. Cathédrale Ste-Réparate

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    An ensemble of columns, cupolas, and symmetrical ornaments dominates the Vieille Ville, flanked by an 18th-century bell tower and glossy ceramic...Read More

  • 19. Chapelle Cocteau

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This eccentric chapel was designed by Jean Cocteau as part of an artists' colony that never happened. It's an octagon built around a glass atrium...Read More

  • 20. Chapelle de l'Immaculée-Conception

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just above the main church, the smaller Chapelle de l'Immaculée-Conception answers St-Michel's grand gesture with its own pure Baroque beauty...Read More

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