The French Riviera

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  • Commune Libre du Safranier

    1. Commune Libre du Safranier


    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

    Commune Libre du Safranier
  • Musée Matisse

    2. Musée Matisse

    Cimiez | 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

    Musée Matisse
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  • Villa Kerylos

    3. Villa Kerylos


    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

    Villa Kerylos
  • 4. Chapelle St-Pierre

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    So enamored was Jean Cocteau of this painterly fishing port that he decorated the 14th-century Chapelle St-Pierre with images from the life...Read More

  • 5. Citadelle


    Head up Rue de la Citadelle to these 16th-century ramparts, which stand in a lovely hilltop park offering a fantastic view of the town and the...Read More

  • 6. Citadelle St-Elme

    Military Site

    Restored to perfect condition, the stalwart 16th-century Citadelle St-Elme anchors the harbor with its broad, sloping stone walls. Beyond its...Read More

  • 7. Coastline Promenade


    While Cap Ferrat's villas are sequestered for the most part in the depths of tropical gardens, you can nonetheless walk its entire coastline...Read More

  • 8. Colline du Château

    Centre Ville | Park/Playground

    Although nothing remains of the once-massive medieval stronghold but a few ruins left after its 1706 dismantling, the name château still applies...Read More

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  • 9. Cours Saleya

    Old Town | Neighborhood/Street

    This long pedestrian thoroughfare—half street, half square—is the nerve center of Old Nice, the heart of the Vieille Ville, and the stage-set...Read More

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  • 10. Eglise de l'Immaculée-Conception

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This sanctuary served as the region's cathedral until the bishopric was transferred to Grasse in 1244. The church's 18th-century facade, a...Read More

  • 11. Île St-Honorat


    From the Vieux Port (at the end of the parking Laubeuf), Île St-Honorat can be reached in 15 minutes (€16.50 round-trip). Smaller and wilder...Read More

  • 12. Île Ste-Marguerite


    From the Vieux Port it's a 15-minute, €13.50 round trip to Île Ste-Marguerite. Its Fort Royal, built by Richelieu and improved by Vauban, offers...Read More

  • 13. Monastère de Cimiez

    Cimiez | Garden/Arboretum

    This fully functioning monastery is worth the pilgrimage. You can find a lovely garden, replanted along the lines of the original 16th-century...Read More

  • 14. Musée Archéologique

    Cimiez | Museum/Gallery

    This museum, next to the Musée Matisse, has a dense collection of objects extracted from digs around the Roman city of Cemenelum, which flourished...Read More

  • 15. Musée d'Art Moderne


    The assertive contemporary architecture of the Modern Art Museum makes a bold statement regarding Nice's presence in the modern world. The collection...Read More

  • 16. Musée de l'Annonciade


    The legacy of the artists who loved St-Tropez has been carefully preserved in this extraordinary museum, housed in a 14th-century chapel just...Read More

  • 17. Musée de la Castre

    Le Suquet | Museum/Gallery

    The hill is topped by an 11th-century château, housing the Musée de la Castre, with its mismatched collection of weaponry, ethnic artifacts...Read More

  • 18. Musée de la Mer


    This complex is famous for reputedly being the prison of the Man in the Iron Mask. Inside you can see his cell and hear his story; the truth...Read More

  • 19. Musée des Beaux-Arts

    New Town | Museum/Gallery

    Originally built for a member of Nice's Old Russian community, the Princess Kotschoubey, this Italianate mansion is a Belle Époque wedding cake...Read More

  • 20. Musée National Marc Chagall

    Cimiez | Museum/Gallery

    Inaugurated in 1973, this museum has one of the finest permanent collections of Chagall's late works (1887–1985). Superbly displayed, 17 vast...Read More

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