During your stay on the French Riviera, discover the secrets of history and the heritage of our beautiful and unmissable territory accompanied by guide-lecturers from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. They offer unique itineraries, unforgettable experiences and unusual visits, especially in the city of Nice and its surroundings.
The architectural history of Nice from the 18th to the 21st centuries
Nice is an extraordinary city. Since the 18th century, people have come here to rest, to enjoy its Mediterranean climate and its exceptional winter mildness. These people, often rich and sophisticated, arrived in Nice and did not always find accommodation to their liking. For that, they brought their own architects who built them sumptuous residences. Thus, Nice very quickly becomes one of the most beautiful and eclectic cities of the Riviera. This tradition of building in an elegant and modern way in each era has made Nice a veritable open-air architectural museum. Follow the guide and discover Nice differently!
The Hill of the Castle: history of the castle, the cemetery and the garden
The Hill of the Castle overlooks the heart of Nice (the old town on one side and the port on the other). Few people know that the history of Nice began here, when the Greeks settled there in the 3rd century BC. This site is the essential place to learn about the long and magnificent history of the city, in particular thanks to its archaeological excavations and its fortifications still intact in some places. More over, the tour includes the visit of the graves of some famous people resting in the cemetery and ends with a walking tour through the atypical garden adorned with a majestic waterfall. From this unique location, you will be dazzled by the panorama of the city while listening to the stories of your guide.
Nice and its famous painters
Come and discover the city through the art pieces and the painters who celebrated it. Painters have always been attracted, seduced and inspired by the light of Nice. The best known of them is Matisse. He spent a large part of his life there and, like Chagall, he has his museum in the Cimiez district. Thus, many painters, equally famous, have immortalized this colorful and joyful city, strongly marked by the Italian presence. Dufy, for example, left a large number of paintings representing the old town. Likewise, Mossa father and son designed for years the platforms and decorations of the Carnival. The list would be long! Come follow in the footsteps of the artists during this guided tour.
The Old Nice: a full history of its own
When you arrive in the old townof Nice, you suddenly find yourself in another world. That of the narrow streets, colorful “Italian-style” houses, museums and hidden monuments, places unknown to the general public, alleys going up towards the Castle Hill, numerous and diverse art galleries, charming little shops, restaurants and bars, and of course, churches on street corners with sometimes sober facades, sometimes masterful but always sumptuous inside. A world best discovered with a guide so as not to miss the best!
The Greeks and Romans in Nice: who created the city?
We know the expression “Greco-Roman civilization”. But, if we look into the question, we will see that the Greeks and Romans had many points of divergence such as art, politics, philosophy, everyday life. Both were present in Nice. So which of the two moved to Nice first? Who drew inspiration from whom? What meaning should be given to the word “Nikaïa”? How and by whom was this city designed and built? And above all, what motivated such an enterprise? All these questions will no longer be a secret for you after a guided tour of the hills of the Château and those of Cimiez as well as of the Archaeological Museum of Nice.
The Russians in Nice: a long love story
The Russians cannot live without the French Riviera and the French Riviera would never be what it is without the Russians! This love story starts at the beginning of the 19th century when rich Russians followed the example of the European elites of the time and spent the winter under the magnificent sun of Nice: great writers, painters, members of the family of the Tsar, composers; all these beautiful Russian people will live and build in Nice throughout the 19th century. However, with the Russian Revolution of 1917, the situation will change very quickly. Our guide-lecturers invite you to discover this little-known, fascinating and tumultuous history.