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, broad seaside walkways, and long beaches invite lounging and people-watching.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Promenade des Anglais Nice's sun-struck seafront promenade.
▲▲▲ Chagall Museum The world's largest collection of Marc Chagall's work, popular even with people who don't like modern art.
▲▲ Vieux Nice Charming old city quarter offering enjoyable atmosphere and a look at Nice's French-Italian cultural blend.
▲ Matisse Museum Modest collection of Henri Matisse's paintings, sketches, and paper cutouts.
▲ Russian Cathedral Finest Orthodox church outside Russia.
▲ Castle Hill Site of an ancient fort boasting great views.
Modern and Contemporary Art Museum Ultramodern museum with enjoyable collection from the 1960s and '70s, including Warhol and Lichtenstein.