From prehistory to contemporary art, Nice Côte d’Azur tells you its history through an artistic tour of the city. By pushing open the door of a museum or simply by looking up, admire the remains of a unique destination that has always fascinated and inspired artists.
Already in the Stone Age, our ancestors were expressing themselves on the territory. Today, follow in their footsteps and retrace over 400,000 years of evolution. During your stay, visit the Archaeology Museum in Cimiez and the ruins of the Roman city. Climb to the top of the hill of the Château de Nice to discover the remains of the Middle Ages. Finally, go down into the Archaeological Crypt or slip into the heart of the Grotte du Lazaret for a total immersion in the Stone Age.
A journey through time with Baroque, Belle Époque and Art Deco
Today, the architecture bears witness to the evolution of art and its diversity. Stroll from street to street and take the time to look up. Admire the beauty of each building and observe every detail. Let yourself be transported into their history. The old palaces take you back to the 18th century, when baroque art arrived in the south of France. Take a step back in time to the era of the aristocracy and the Belle Époque movement that gave way to the most beautiful monuments of Nice Côte d’Azur. Travel through the architectural beauty of the Château de l’Anglais, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint-Nicolas and contemplate the majestic hotels such as the mythical Negresco and the West-End on the Promenade des Anglais or the Régina perched on the hill of Cimiez. Art Deco also left Nice Côte d’Azur with an exceptional heritage of 4000 buildings, including the Palais de la Méditerranée and the Jeanne d’Arc church.
Contemporary Art, the DNA of Nice Côte d’Azur
See for yourself, contemporary art is now omnipresent throughout the region. Nice Côte d’Azur continues to inspire many artists of all kinds. Writers such as Le Clézio, Apollinaire, Aragon and Nietzsche, not to mention the painters Matisse and Chagall, now have their own museum in the heart of the city. Note the architecture, which is modernised by the majestic contemporary monuments that stand there. These include the original Tête Carrée by Sosno, the imposing Théâtre National de Nice and the Villa Arson and its gardens. Don’t forget to visit the MAMAC – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Inside, plunge into the heart of art from the 1950s to the present day. Stroll through the works of art spread over four imposing towers linked by glass walkways. Finally, end your visit on the roof of the building to admire the panoramic view of the whole city of Nice.