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Nice is located on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur) and has approx. 350,000 inhabitants (2010). If it is estimated suburbs, runs the population of the urban region to over 1 million. Nice is the most popular French tourist town after Paris, and receives tourists in droves year.
It was a trading post and a Roman military post here already in pre-Christian times, and during the Roman era, this was a small town.
Its history has for centuries been turbulent, and several times it has been managed by Italians (state Piemonte). The town is called constantly Nizza in Italian
In addition to that Nice is a popular holiday destination for tourists from all over Europe and America, it also has many unique attractions to offer. First and foremost, the Old Town (Vieille Ville) mentioned – the charming “heart”, with its narrow cobbled streets and low brick building has preserved its medieval character. Here you can enjoy life on the small, cozy restaurants and visit some of the many thriving street stalls.
In the neighborhood there are architectural gems such as Baroque Cathedral “St. Réparate” from the 1600s and the steady old Palace “Palais Lascaris,” such as contains a lot of interesting arts and crafts (frescoes, chandeliers, paintings, porcelain, etc.). Another magnificent edifice must see it, is “Le Chateau” – primarily to experience the breathtaking views of the city from the 92 m high rock that castle lies. You can take a lift up there, or – if you’re fit – go up the stairs to the top.
There are also many other attractions in the city, including Matisse Museum, which presents both the world-famous painter Henri Matisse’s life and his art. Or maybe a visit to the Cours Saleya flower market tempts? There you can see, smell – or buy – flowers in all colors and shapes. Around the flower market, there is a large number of restaurants, cafes and patisseries.
And so one may not visit Nice without experiencing the world famous “Promenade des Anglais”, which was built in the 1800s by English rich. The waterfront is an identity marker for the entire Riviera. There is also luxury restaurants in a row, and the promenade is the popular beach. A visit to Nice in February, one can also experience the traditional carnival – which is almost as famous as the equivalent Venice and Rio.
The nearest airport is Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport, located 6 km southwest of the city.