The French Riviera

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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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  • 5. Fragonard

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Built in 1782, this perfume factory is open to the public daily for guided tours, and has the best boutique: look for the brioche-scented candle...Read More

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  • 6. Galimard

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Tracing its pedigree back to 1747, Galimard has a factory that is open to visitors 365 days a year. For €45 you can create and name your own...Read More

  • 7. Jardin Albert Ier

    New Town | Garden/Arboretum

    Along Promenade des Anglais, this luxurious garden stands over the delta of the River Paillon, underground since 1882. Every kind of flower...Read More

  • 8. Jardin Thuret

    Garden/Arboretum

    To fully experience the Riviera's heady hothouse exoticism, visit the glorious Jardin Thuret, established by botanist Gustave Thuret in 1856...Read More

  • 9. Molinard

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Established in 1849, Molinard offers an extensive tour that includes visits to the Soap Factory, the Distillery (witness "the nose" at work...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Musée Archéologique Marin

    Museum/Gallery

    On the same quiet square as St-Pierre, shaded by an old olive tree, this intimate museum offers a quirky diversion. Its few rooms contain a...Read More

  • 12. Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence

    Museum/Gallery

    Just down from the Fragonard perfumery, the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence has a large collection of faïence from the region, including...Read More

  • 13. Musée de la Photographie

    Museum/Gallery

    Near Porte Sarrazine, the Musée de la Photographie permanently displays André Villers's portraits of his good friends—Picasso, who gave the...Read More

  • 14. Musée des Beaux Arts

    Museum/Gallery

    At the far west end of town stands the 18th-century Palais Carnolès in vast gardens luxuriant with orange, lemon, and grapefruit trees. This...Read More

  • 15. Notre-Dame-de-Vie

    House/Mansion/Villa

    You can find Picasso's final home, where he lived for 12 years until 1973, by following the D35 south of Mougins 2 km (1 mile) to the ancient...Read More

  • 16. Théâtre Romain

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Northeast of Old Town and near the Porte de Rome is the Roman theater (circa 1st century); its remaining rows of arches are mostly intact and...Read More

  • 17. Villa Musée Fragonard

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum headlines the work of Grasse's own Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806), one of the great French "chocolate-box" artists of his day...Read More

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