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What Is Nice Famous For?
The south east coast of France is home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world. But none of them quite compare to Nice, the stunning capital city of the French Riviera. There’s a reason it received the name Bella Nissa. The ancient city to home some of the most wonderful attractions in all of France. From museums to markets to panoramic viewpoints to delicious cuisine and even popular festivals, the city has plenty for its tourists to enjoy. But what is Nice famous for in particular? Well, where do we even begin.
History in Nice
Nice is home to a very complex and longstanding history. Having begun as a prehistoric settlement, its right here in Nice where the first European evidence of fire was discovered. From there, Greek warriors returning from a fierce battle in Marseille decided to settle in Nice. Calling the new city Nikaia after the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike. Not long after that, the Romans also came to Nice, building their civilization on the outskirts of the Cimiez area. Finally, a couple of hundred years down the line, Nice fell under the rule of the House of Savoy, who was the ruling family of the Kingdom of Sardinia. Before finally becoming French in 1860. Now that’s quite a lot of history for you to wrap your head around!
Centuries ago, Nice was home to a rather large mammoth population. Hence why nomads at the time decided to settle here. Today, we have what is known as the Terra Amata museum. A museum dedicated to historical remains discovered from this time period. An interesting collection of Neanderthal remains, stone weapons and wall paintings. And of course, some of the first ever recorded evidence of fire like we said. So Paris may have its Eiffel Tower. And the Champagne region may be famous for everyone’s favourite glass of bubbly. But we created fire, so you tell me what’s more important.
Greek and Roman
Despite being around centuries ago, there is still quite a lot of homage paid to our ancient ancestry from Greek and Roman times. For starters, you’ll find many sculptures and murals around Nice that pay tribute to our Greek lineage. The most notable of such is our beloved Apollo Statue which stands proudly in our main square of Place Masséna. In Greek mythology, it is Apollo’s job to bring the sun up into the sky every morning. A rather fitting choice of deity considering Nice’s year-round annual sunshine. Also on the topic, you’ll find a series of mosaics and murals atop Castle Hill depicting scenes from both Greek and Roman stories. A quirky little addition to an already stunning public park.
Having mentioned the Romans, we can’t forget about the old archaeological ruins that still remain in Cimiez. Not far from Nice’s city centre, you’ll stumble upon the Arènes de Cimiez, what is left of an ancient Roman amphitheatre. Right next to this colosseum-like structure, there is a grand Roman archaeological site and museum that people can visit. It truly is a spectacular sight!
French and Sardinian Conflict
Being a part of the Kingdom of Sardinian yet being entirely surrounded by France left Nice being subjected to constant attacks from the French army. Over the years, ownership of Nice was passed between France and Sardinia a total of 7 times before finally becoming French under the Treaty of Turin in 1860. As a result of this constant changing of hands, Nice developed its own unique culture unlike any other along the French Riviera. If you visit Nice, you’ll notice that the architecture seems more so Italian than French. You may also notice that cuisine here in the city is a perfect blend of both French and Italian style cooking. It makes for quite the delicious combination!
In particular, some of the local Niçoise specialties are rather famous. I’m sure you’re all already more than familiar with the salad niçoise?
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What is a Walking Tour?
When travelling abroad, we all want to make the most out of our trip. We want to discover the main sights and attractions that the city has to offer. And what better way to do that than with a Guided Walking Tour? Along with a local and knowledgeable guide, you’ll be taken on an adventure through the streets of your chosen city. Where you’ll uncover its best bits, as well as the hidden gems that you never even knew existed. Its one thing to explore a city on your own. And its another thing to understand the unique and fascinating tales that go along with it!
Most cities offer several options in regards to what tour you can take. For example, many cities will offer Free Walking Tours that are solely tip based. Others may charge a fixed fee. Many companies also give you the option to book your very own private tours of the city. Which is always a great option for large groups or anyone who wants to make the absolute most out of their visit. Quite often, companies may even offer different themed tours of the city (ie: history tours, food tours, art tours, religious communities and their landmarks, etc).
So whatever aspect of the city you’re hoping to discover, chances are there’s the perfect tour for you!
Walking Tour in Paris the Capital
France’s capital city of Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting over 20 million tourists annually. The city is a fountain of history and has more spectacular landmarks than we know what to do with! From the Eiffel Tour to the Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles, there’s never a dull moment. Which is why its such a great destination for Walking Tours!
Free Walking Tour Paris Latin Quarter
No Paris Walking Tour offers a more authentic Parisian experience than that of the Latin Quarter, one of the most historic and iconic districts of Paris. Walking through its enchanting cobblestone streets you’ll discover some of the most amazing sights in the city. From the ancient Panthéon to the Church of Saint-Sulpice. As well as the Notre-Dame Cathedral and stunning Luxembourg Gardens which lie on either side of the district. Learn about the foundations upon which the city of Paris was built and how its culture has evolved over its lifetime
Along with our experienced and bilingual guides, you’ll get to uncover these attractions for yourself. And along the way, you may even find yourself drawn-in by the vibrant atmosphere of the French cafes and chic boutiques lined throughout the Latin Quarter’s streets.
Private Tours in Paris
If you really want to make the most out of your visit to this historical city, then we highly recommend booking your very own Private Tour. But why book a private tour as opposed to a regular walking tour? Well, for starters, our private tour bundles are completely customisable. What we do and where we go is entirely up to you and your entourage! Whether there are particular sights you don’t want to miss out on or you want to stop for lunch along the way in a traditional local restaurant then all you have to do is ask and we’ll do our utmost to accommodate you.
With a private tour, you also benefit from having your very own personal guide. No need to worry about sharing the spotlight with a group of other tourists. Our guides attention will be all on you. And while you have the opportunity, be sure to ask them all the best tips and tricks for enjoying the best of Paris! No one knows the city better than they do.
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40 Facts about Nice France
Nice France History Facts
1. The City of Nice was Designed by Architects from Turin
A known fact about Nice that not a lot of people are aware of is that it hasn’t always been French. Originally, the county of Nice belonged to the House of Savoy, the ruling family of the Kingdom of Sardinia. Hence why you’ll find many people suggesting that Nice feels a lot more Italian than French.
As Nice began to build and establish itself, architects based much of the main squares off the architecture back in Turin, the capital of the Savoy Empire. Place Garibaldi in particular greatly resembles the plazas found in Turin. Even the centre statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi is facing in the direction of Turin, said to be looking longingly towards the Italian Kingdom that his home county of Nice never became a part of.
2. Giuseppe Garibaldi
Born and raised here in Nice, Giuseppe Garibaldi was a General of the Royal Italian Army at a time before Nice became French. Before the 1860’s, Italy did not exist. There instead was a collection of independent kingdoms all ruled by their own figurehead. Nice under the rulership of the Kingdom of Sardinia was no exception.
It was Garibaldi’s dream to one day have a unified Italy. So, when the Italian Civil War began, he led a force of a thousand volunteers to aid in the fight. Garibaldi and his comrades triumphed, and Italy became a united nation with Rome as its capital. Unfortunately, however, Garibaldi returned to his home city of Nice only to find that it was not a part of this unified country that he had fought so hard for. It was instead ceded to France in a secret deal between Napoleon III and the King of Sardinia. Hence why his statue is depicted some what sad as it faces the direction of Italy.
3. Castle Hill
Despite its rather misleading name, there is no longer a castle still perched atop Castle Hill. Originally, the main city of Nice was right here, protected by the most impenetrable fortress on the entire Mediterranean coast. Many had tried countless time to overtake the stronghold, but with no success. Or at least that was until 1706 when King Louis XIV sent his French army to invade.
By sheer stroke of luck, a cannonball lobbed over the fortress walls flew into a tiny window and landed in the ammunition storage, causing a massive explosion that blew out the side out of the castle, allowing the enemies to invade. Considering how difficult it had been to conquer in the first place, King Louis did not want Nice to regain its stronghold and ordered his men to wipe out the entire village. So you have him to blame for there no longer being a medieval castle in Nice.
However, in place of the old village, La Colline du Château is now home to a beautiful green park. It’s a great place to come and hangout or have a picnic. You’ll always find it bustling with activity. It’s also possibly one of the best 360-degree panoramic looking points in the city, with a perfect view of the Promenade des Anglais and the stunning Old Town.
4. Promenade Des Anglais
Until the end of the 18th century, the Côte d’Azur was a remote and impoverished region, known mostly for fishing and its ancient olive groves. By the end of the 1700’s however, a select few novelists and scholars began to write about their time spent on the Southeast coast of France, bringing its attention to the British aristocracy. At about the same time, a Scottish doctor, John Brown, became famous for prescribing what he called climato-therapy (a change in climate) to cure a variety of diseases including tuberculosis.
This led to a lot of very rich British aristocrats coming to the Riviera to avoid illness. Over time however,