What to see in Nice

What to see in Nice



Nice, one of France's most important cities, is situated in a splendid position amidst mountains and sea, boasting an ancient history. In the site known as "Terra Amata", on which the archaeological museum dedicated to prehistoric times is now located, the traces of mankind date back 400,000 years ago. Between 600 and 900 BC. the coastal area was occupied by the Ligurians who founded the first Oppidum. In 154 BC. the Romans arrived in the area. It is the beginning of the "Roman province", from which the Provence name given to the region derived. Testimonies of the ancient Roman cemenelum can be seen at the archaeological museum set up on the site of Cimiez and in the surrounding area where the amphitheatre and part of the thermal baths are visible.

If the traces of the ancient history of Nice are extremely fascinating, just as wonderful are the testimonies of the Baroque period, particularly concentrated in the old town, the "vila vila" characterized by narrow alleys where beautiful churches and splendid palaces stand, such as Lascaris Palace, one of the most interesting examples of Baroque civil architecture and in which is housed the Museum of musical instruments, an extraordinary museum that contains more than 500 musical instruments, including some historical examples.

Cosa vedere a NizzaIn the 19th century, with the development of winter tourism in particular by Russian and Northern European tourists, the city had an important economic development. The construction of the "Promenade des Anglais"dates back to this period, at that time a narrow path financed by the English community that lived in the area and that today is one of the main symbols of the city, a long seven-kilometre-long avenue that stretches from the airport to almost the port. The promenade des Anglais, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Bay of Angels, as well as being the privileged place for strolls, the place where elegant hotels and beautiful villas stand, such as Villa Massena is the stage of some of the most important events that take place in Nice, first of all the Carnival held every year in February.

The Carnival of Nice has very ancient origins, with the first evidence dating back to 1289, even if the modern carnival is considered born in 1873, when the Committee of Festivals was created. The municipality, also in consideration of the many tourists present in the city, had decided to enliven the event. An integral part of the Carnival is the famous battle of flowers that was held for the first time in 1876. The parade is made up of twenty floats, richly decorated with flowers that are planted in November so as to ensure that they are ready for the month of February. The decoration procedure, given the considerable size of the wagons, is very laborious and for each wagon between 4000 and 5000 flowers are needed. The flowers used are gerberas, daisies, irises and above all mimosas, flower that is a symbol of the city of Nice. From the youthful wagons models and models launch thousands of flowers to the spectators.
Sun, sea, festive events, but in Nice the visitor has the opportunity to visit interesting museums. In addition to the two sites of Terra Amata and Cimiez that are part of the archaeological museum, in Nice tourists have the opportunity to visit, among others, the museums dedicated to Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse.

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