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Nice is a city of many beautiful sights, local charms, and engaging landscapes. Studded with cafes, bars, and eateries, suffused with antique and flower markets, and bearing some remarkable feats of art and architecture, this guide aims to show you the best of Nice, so that you can take in all the vibrancy of the seaside town in three days. Be sure to take a pair of comfortable walking shoes along!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

17 Places

4 City Tips

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17 Places

Day 1

Old Town (Vieille Ville)

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya

Flea & Street Markets

Promenade des Anglais

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Villa Massena - Musee d'Art et d'Histoire

Art Museums

Place Massena

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Palais de Justice

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 2

Monument aux Morts

Monuments & Statues

Castle Hill

Parks, Lookouts

Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice

Sacred & Religious Sites

Place Garibaldi

Historic Sites

Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate

Sacred & Religious Sites

Le Comptoir du Marche

Restaurants

Day 3

Monastere de Cimiez

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez

Gardens

Musee National Marc Chagall

Speciality Museums

Musee Matisse

Speciality Museums

Ancien Hotel Regina

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Madison S's City Tips

  • Learning a few words of French ahead of your trip can go a long way! Even if you do not speak the language, attempting to will make locals more amenable to helping you out.
  • Buses from Nice Airport to the city center leave every half hour. Easy and convenient, take route 98 to Nice Riquier, or route 99 to Gare Nice Ville.
  • You can rent a bike at one of the city's many Velo Bleu cycle station points. Under 30 minutes is free, but you will need to sign up for a Velo card at a local store first.
  • Be aware that pickpocketing is a major problem in Nice. Put nothing in loose pockets, and always keep your bag or purse in sight and in hand.
    Day 1
  • Old Town (Vieille Ville)
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Madison S Says:

    The tapered streets of Old Town, buzzing with energy, form a hub in Nice. It's an eclectic maze of shops and restaurants, bars and cafes. Charcuteries and fishmongers rub shoulders with pastry windows and cheese shops, while boutiques stock unique fashions, accessories, and gifts. Tool around to window shop, people watch, and grab a bite to eat. (It is packed with market stalls and terraces spilling onto the sidewalk by lunchtime.) This rustic hodgepodge is must-see territory, enjoyed by tourists and locals alike, and a good spot by which to navigate many of Nice's other sites.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Many bus lines are accessible via the stops in Old Town, so it's a relatively good spot to navigate to other parts of the city from.
    • On Mondays, an Antique Market pops up in Old Town. You can barter a bit on prices to snag a deal!
    • Tuesday to Sunday, Old Town features a fresh Fruit, Vegetable, and Flower Market. The sights and smells are phenomenal.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular square with Galerias Lafayette. Lots off good shopping and eateries near 20/10/2018
    • old charm 20/10/2018
    • Old Town (Vieille Ville)
    Address:
    Vieux Nice
    06000 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 25 63 28 30
    Other:
  • Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Madison S Says:

    Cours Saleya features many of Old Town's best shops and outdoor stalls. During market days, it erupts into life with people buying and selling bouquets of flowers, ripe fruit, and local vegetables. The restaurants and cafes in the area are packed and popular, with stiff cups of espresso and fresh seafood catches on offer. It's a great place to stop for a warm pick-me-up or a cool drink and get energized for your day, to the tune of hawkers and smell of the sea air.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • At around 2pm, artists and artisans join the market in small force, selling trinkets and handmade goods, while many of the restaurants begin to expand their outdoor seating.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Always Fantastic 04/10/2018
    • Always our first stop 01/10/2018
    • Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya
    Address:
    Cours Saleya
    06300 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 92 14 48 00
    Hours:
    Mon
    7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Promenade des Anglais
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Madison S Says:

    The Promenade des Anglais is one of the city's best strolling spots. You can amble your way here from Cours Saleya — one of many starting points, as the Promenade intersects with much of Nice — making it either a convenient detour or a lovely way to get to your next destination. With the seafront in the distance, dotted with white canopies, this scenic route offers lanes for you to cycle, jog, rollerblade; or simply take your time, have a drink, and even grab a spot of street-side ice cream.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Promenade features a number of rest stops, but be aware that you will have to pay to use most of the public toilets along it.
    • There is a separate lane along the Promenade for bikes and rollerbladers, which helps to keep the walk unhurried and uncluttered.
    • You can see the Bay of Angels from the Promenade, with its pebbled beaches and bright white canopies.
    • The steps up to Castle Hill are just beside the Promenade. There are also exits for Old Town and Place Massena.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful long clean Promenade 20/10/2018
    • Walk next to the beach 20/10/2018
    • Promenade des Anglais
    Phone:
    0712345678
    Other:
  • Villa Massena - Musee d'Art et d'Histoire
    Art Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    Set just off of the Promenade des Anglais is the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire at the Palais Massena. The small, sumptuous palace is nestled into a set of lovely gardens, but the real treat lies inside. Grand, embellished rooms are home to a series of exhibits which tell the story of Nice's past through drawings, paintings, photos, and city artifacts — from the Napoleonic era through to the 20th-century. Its anecdotes about the people who lived in Nice are especially unique to the Palais, and its gift shop always has interesting gift and souvenir items.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • As all of the museum labeling is in French, you will need to buy an audio guide for an English translation. (This can be purchased at the same time as your ticket.)
    • The garden grounds of the Palais are free to enter and explore.
    • If you buy the 7-Day Nice Museum Pass, it includes the Palais. Otherwise, single tickets are still good value.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Closed Too Often and No Information 10/10/2018
    • Closed, Again! 09/10/2018
    • Villa Massena - Musee d'Art et d'Histoire
    Address:
    65 rue de France
    06000 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 91 19 10
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$13
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Place Massena
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Madison S Says:

    Place Massena used to be the spot of choice for the rich and noble in Nice. The square still attests to this sumptuous past, with arched buildings, checkered sidewalks, playful fountains, and ornate statues. The streets surrounding the beautiful Place Massena are where you will find a lot of Nice's café culture, some great photo opportunities, and a generally upbeat vibe that invites you to take advantage of a bit of shopping or to dine in local style.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • At night, the Place becomes lively with street performers and artists, and the fountains are lit up.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great museums which is free 20/10/2018
    • Place Massena very nice 17/10/2018
    • Place Massena
    Address:
    Place Massena
    06000 Nice
    France
    Other:
  • Palais de Justice
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Madison S Says:

    While you are still in the vicinity of Old Town, the Palais de Justice makes for a photogenic stop for architecture lovers. The old court house has magnificent reliefs, and by day, lawyers and newlyweds can be seen milling about it. Perhaps surprisingly, it's also a good spot to get your night going, as the surrounding streets house some of the city's most popular bars.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • By night, the Palais de Justice is lit up and looks just as impressive.
    • Nightlife lovers, be aware! The area gets crowded at night, and bars hike up their drink prices after 9pm. Get your orders in at 8.55pm!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 173 things to do in Nice
    • Fabulous building 16/07/2018
    • Small market on Saturdays 03/07/2018
    • Palais de Justice
    Address:
    Place du Palais
    06300 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 85 12 03
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Monument aux Morts
    Monuments & Statues
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    Madison S Says:

    The Monument aux Morts is a stunning tribute to France's soldiers. Massive and visually arresting, it houses the dog tags of France's 20th-century war casualties in a stunning remembrance of their sacrifice. Located overlooking Nice's harbor and the sea, and well-lit by nightfall, the memorial is set into stone, very close to Castle Hill, and well worth visiting.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Monument aux Morts is very close to the entrance of the elevator that goes up to Castle Hill. It is located just behind a bend in the same road.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Monument 16/10/2018
    • Monument aux Morts 15/10/2018
    • Monument aux Morts
    Address:
    Place Guynemer
    Quai Rauba Capeu
    06300 Nice
    France
    Other:
  • Castle Hill
    Parks, Lookouts
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    Madison S Says:

    Beside Monument aux Morts, Castle Hill boasts impressive views of Nice's azure harbor and the ochre rooftops of the city itself. Wonderful for a small hike, a picnic, or even a coffee at the hilltop café, Castle Hill is suitable for any type of visitor, boasting a children's play area, as well as an elevator, for ease of getting up and down the hill.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are picturesque and historically important Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant cemeteries located on Castle Hill that are all open to visitors.
    • There are several ways to climb Castle Hill. A free lift to the top can be found on Rue des Ponchettes.
    • If you decide to trek up, think about taking water with you to avoid dehydration — especially in summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic 20/10/2018
    • What a view 18/10/2018
    • Castle Hill
    Address:
    Montee du Chateau par ascenceur
    06300 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 892 70 74 07
  • Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Madison S Says:

    Te Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice is a beautiful little basilica situated in a local part of town. The Gothic architecture, reliefs, and stained glass make it a stunning sight to behold, as do its rustic wooden seats, ornate archways, and embellished facade. While it may not merit a trip if you're nowhere near here, it makes for a nice stop if you are already in the vicinity — especially as there are numerous well-priced cafes and eateries in the area, where you can rest and refuel after.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It is quite small in comparison to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (don't let the name mislead you.) Though it's modest, it is extremely lovely, and won't take too much time out of your day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A nice church but.... 15/10/2018
    • A Must See Place 12/10/2018
    • Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice
    Address:
    37 B avenue Jean Medecin
    06000 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 88 73 63
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Place Garibaldi
    Historic Sites
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    Madison S Says:

    Place Garibaldi is a dynamic mix of strolling arcades and outdoor cafés, back near Place Massena. It has a sublime sense of community, crowded with locals grabbing breakfast or lunch, and is well-located close to the harbor and Rue Bonaparte. Stop by to grab a meal in the sunshine, or enjoy the children's play areas and flower gardens. Place Garibaldi is pedestrian-only, so it's also a nice break from traffic, though important tram and bus lines do run near it, making it an easy stop.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Though it is a bit off the normal tourist trek, you can either walk to Place Garibaldi from Old Town or take a tram: it is conveniently located.
    • On the third Saturday of every month, a flea market takes place in the area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Better Now than Ever Before 18/10/2018
    • Nice open & chilled-out square 12/10/2018
    • Place Garibaldi
    Other:
  • Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Madison S Says:

    Within Old Town, the Cathedrale Sainte-Reparte is small but charming, and contains some significant pieces of religious art. The 16th-century cathedral, dedicated to a young martyr, is home to a lovely triple nave and transept layout within its chapel, and its facade bears the only official visual likeness of St. Valerius in the world. The chapel includes informational plaques about the art that embellishes its walls and windows, both inside and out, painting a full story for visitors.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Its layout is based on St Peter's Cathedral in Rome.
    • The Cathedrale is not always open, and during hours of worship photography is not permitted.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate 16/10/2018
    • Visit To Thank Your Maker For Your Nice Vacation 12/10/2018
    • Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate
    Address:
    3 Place Rossetti
    Vieux Nice
    06300 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 92 01 35
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Le Comptoir du Marche
    Restaurants (French, Mediterranean)
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    Madison S Says:

    Ending an evening with a good meal is a must in France! At Le Comptoir du Marche, located along an agreeable little street with only foot traffic, visitors can sit down to a modern French meal. The menu changes seasonally, propped up by fresh local ingredients, and generous portion sizes. Excellent service and a sprawling wine list complete the meal!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • For all the foodies out there, the wine list also includes a selection of delicious and interesting organic wines.
    • Booking ahead helps, as Le Comptoir du Marche is always a very popular and a crowded dinner destination.
    • Many of the staff members speak English, and can help translate the menu if you are in need.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 1,626 restaurants in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely staff and good french food 17/10/2018
    • Fabulous meal 06/10/2018
    • Le Comptoir du Marche
    Address:
    8 rue du Marche
    06300 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 13 45 01
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Monastere de Cimiez
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Madison S Says:

    The Monastere de Cimiez, located close to both the Roman ruins and the Matisse Museum, is a handsome old church with a hand painted ceiling. Serene, with an inspiring vista over the city from its grounds, the monastery has three major highlights for visitors: Its lush gardens, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet; the three decorative retables painted by 16th-century artist Louis Brea; and the cemetery in which Henri Matisse and his wife are buried.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The monastery is very dark on the inside. However, inserting loose change into a coin box once inside will turn the lights on, to better view the art by.
    • A guide to the monastery in English (which otherwise bears only French descriptions and explanations) costs less than a cup of coffee.
    • The retables have recently been partially covered to protect them, making them a bit more difficult to take in.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting old church and location. 27/09/2018
    • TRANQUILITY 15/09/2018
    • Monastere de Cimiez
    Address:
    1 Place Jean Paul II
    06000 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 81 00 04
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez
    Gardens
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    Madison S Says:

    The garden at the Cimiez Monastery is verdant and ethereal. Though small, it bears striking views of Nice from its edges, and its flower-studded walks can provide a much-needed breather from the bustle of the city center. Its roses are especially wonderful, draped over archways and snaking up walls, perfuming the air. (It gives new meaning to 'stop and smell the roses!')

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The monastery and Jardin are accessible by bus routes 15 and 17, originating from Place Massena.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely gardens 18/10/2018
    • Beautiful gardens and great view 10/10/2018
    • Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez
    Address:
    Place du Monastere de Cimiez
    06000 Nice
    France
    Other:
  • Musee National Marc Chagall
    Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    At the Musee National Marc Chagall, the artist's life and important works are celebrated. The museum is home to all seventeen of Chagall's colorful Biblical message tableaux's, as well as some of his most impressive tapestries. New temporary exhibitions are always rolling in to enliven the experience, keeping it fresh and vibrant, and its garden cafe offers an opportunity to get off your feet.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A free audio guide is available to visitors. Bring ID along, as you will need to exchange this for the hire of the guide.
    • Musee National Marc Chagall was the first national museum to be opened while the artist in question was still alive. Chagall himself helped to design and direct its making.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 173 things to do in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive pictures 20/10/2018
    • A MUST!! 20/10/2018
    • Musee National Marc Chagall
    Address:
    Avenue du Docteur Menard
    06000 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 53 87 20
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Musee Matisse
    Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    If you're looking for an alternate option to Chagall (or a complimentary one!,) why not try Matisse? At Musee Matisse on Cimiez Hill, the artist who called Côte d’Azur home from 1917 until his death in 1954, is celebrated at a 17th-century villa which houses some of his lesser-known works. The museum is easygoing and very walkable, featuring pieces of Matisse's art from 1890 to the 1940s, offering a comprehensive sampling of his work. While it may not be home to his most famous pieces, it's a wonderful spot to see the evolution of his style, and the impact that the World Wars had on it. It also includes objects from his daily life and apartment that cannot be found elsewhere.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Sundays and major Christian holidays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 173 things to do in Nice
    • Worth of visiting 16/10/2018
    • My all time favourite art gallery 16/10/2018
    • Musee Matisse
    Address:
    164 avenue des Arenes de Cimiez
    06000 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 81 08 08
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Ancien Hotel Regina
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Madison S Says:

    The Ancien Hotel Regina, which is now home to some of Nice's most attractive apartments, was once in use as a hotel. Created specifically for the use of the English Queen Victoria, the Regina is still worth visiting to marvel at the architecture that so quickly went up to celebrate the Queen's six-week stays in the late 1800s. Located on Cimiez Hill, close to the Matisse Museum, the Regina also happens to have been home to Matisse himself. This 19th-century masterpiece is one of the most striking buildings in the city.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A statue of Queen Victoria was erected on the grounds here to commemorate her visits to Nice.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 173 things to do in Nice
    • Outside only. 14/02/2018
    • Former residence of Queen Victoria 22/01/2018
    • Ancien Hotel Regina
    Address:
    71 boulevard de Cimiez
    06000 Nice
    France
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