Nice, with its spectacular Alps-to-Mediterranean surroundings and world-class museums, is the big-city highlight of the Riviera. Its seductive, traffic-free old city mixes Italian and French flavors to create a spicy Mediterranean dressing, while its big squares, splendid beachfront promenade, and long beaches invite lounging and people-watching.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Chagall Museum The world’s largest collection of Marc Chagall’s work, popular even with people who don’t like modern art.
▲▲▲ Promenade des Anglais Nice’s four-mile sun-struck seafront promenade.
▲▲ Vieux Nice Charming old city offering enjoyable atmosphere and a look at Nice’s French-Italian cultural blend.
▲ Matisse Museum Modest collection of Henri Matisse’s paintings, sketches, paper cutouts, and more.
▲ Modern and Contemporary Art Museum Ultramodern museum with enjoyable collection from the 1960s–1970s, including Warhol and Lichtenstein.
▲ Russian Cathedral Finest Orthodox church outside of Russia (closed for renovation through 2015).
▲ Castle Hill Site of an ancient fort boasting great views — especially in early mornings and evenings.
Fine Arts Museum Lush villa shows off impressive paintings by Monet, Sisley, Bonnard, and Raoul Dufy.
Masséna Museum Lavish beachfront mansion houses museum of city history, including exhibits of Napoleonic paraphernalia and images of Nice over the years.
Molinard Perfume Museum Two-room museum in a storefront boutique tracing the history of perfume.