La Place Masséna
Your visit will begin on Place Masséna, conceived as a strategic place, open on the 4 corners of the city. This place bears the name of André Masséna, Marshal of the Empire and Nice native. Built between 1820 and 1830, Place Masséna has been deeply rooted in the city’s heritage. Since 2007, the commissioning of the tram has helped limit traffic, so you can enjoy its Sardinian-style architecture comfortably seated on one of its welcoming terraces.
The town hall of Nice
You will then go to the Rue de l’Hotel de Ville, to visit the town hall of Nice. You will discover the city’s coat of arms, including the Niçoise eagle, and a bronze thumb, the work of the sculptor Caesar, which sits at the entrance to the town hall.
L’opéra de Nice
Just 100 metres away you will admire the Nice Opera, an old theatre built in 1776 by the Marquis de Maccarini. This majestic building suffered a terrible fire during a performance. The tragedy completely destroyed the building and claimed more than 200 victims among the audience. In 1882, at the initiative of the town hall, the old theatre was rebuilt on these ashes by the architect François Aune. The plans were validated by Charles Garnier, since the current Opéra de Nice wants to be a faithful replica of the Opéra Garnier in Paris.
The Cours Saleya
Then you will reach the Cours Saleya, the main pedestrian street of Old Nice, parallel to the Quai des Etats-Unis. Since the late eighteenth century, it has been the true nerve centre of social life in Nice, once a place for long walks, and now the locals’ rendez-vous for lunch in the sun, or to enjoy the many lively bars of the old city. The Cours Saleya also hosts, every morning, the famous market of flowers, fruits and vegetables of Nice, as well as flea markets.
Going up a bit in Old Nice, you will find Place Rossetti, considered one of the most picturesque places in the city. You can admire its ochre facades, its fountains and flowered balconies, and the Sainte-Réparate Cathedral, built in 1650.
The famous Rue de la Poissonnerie
You will then go to the Rue de la Poissonnerie, to discover the fresco of Adam and Eve, made in 1584, famous in Nice’s tradition and which shows a couple’s quarrel.
The hill of the castle of Nice
By taking the Rue des Ponchettes, you will reach the stairs of the Lesage climb, which will lead you to the hill of the castle, a real cradle of Nice, which offers one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.
To end your visit, you will descend to Place Garibaldi, created from 1773, which covers the remains of the ancient fortifications of the city.
Nice is proud of its tumultuous past: come to discover the infallible attachment of the Niçois to their language (Niçard), their cultural traditions and their culinary heritage.