probably the most beautiful view in the world
The town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is located less than 15 minutes from Nice by the seaside road. This picturesque village, which offers incomparable views, was dear to Jean Cocteau, who said “Villefranche is my island, I was born several times and died several times. One of my most significant births was… on your Côte d’Azur”
Your excursion to Villefranche-sur-Mer
discover French culture
Panoramic view of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
You will reach Villefranche by train, in just 15 minutes from Nice. Leaving the station, you will walk the heights of the village, to enjoy the panoramic view from the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to the port of Villefranche.
Museum of Poilus of the First World War
The visit will continue with the Rue des Poilus, which pays tribute to the soldiers who participated in the First World War (the “poilus”), and which will serve as an introduction to the visit of the museum of poilus you discover in the enclosure of the Citadel of Villefranche.
We will then take Rue Obscure, which served as a secret passage for soldiers of the First World War to reach the citadel, also used by the villagers who came to take refuge there in case of maritime invasion.
Saint Michel Church and the Citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer
We will then head to the church of St Michel, then to the famous Citadel of Villefranche. The original name of the citadel was Fort St Elme, built at the request of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, in 1556.
The other 4 museums of Villefranche-sur-Mer
During our excursion, we will visit 4 museums
- The Volti sculpture museum, where you will admire sculptures of women in bronze, copper and terracotta, whose voluptuous curves are presented in an exceptional decor with military architecture.
The Henri Goertz museum of art and history, in which are displayed the works of Christine Boumeester and Henri Goetz, as well as some works by great contemporary masters (Picasso, Picabia, Miro, Hartung).
The Arlette Roux museum, which offers a particularly original collection of figurines staged to reconstruct the medieval era.
The museum of Chasseurs Alpins, where clear and documented historical panels take us through the battalion’s life through history.
Théâtre de Verdure
Still in the walls of the Citadel, we will finally visit the Théâtre de Verdure, in which sits the bust of the Russian Empress.
Shopping and Dolce Vita
Leaving the citadel, we will take the direction of the bay of Villefranche to enjoy the French Dolce Vita, visiting local craft stores, enjoying ice cream or doing some shopping.
From Jean Cocteau to the harbour of Villefranche-sur-Mer
Finally, we will discover the bust of Cocteau realised in wrought iron, then we will go to the beach of the beautiful harbour of Villefranche for a moment of relaxation and conviviality in a place of dreams.
Supplement on request: Possibility to visit the Chapel St Pierre, also called Chapel Cocteau because of the wall painting drawn in charcoal by the artist on the theme of St Peter walking on the water.