Inspirational portraits


10 portraits of iconic women in the Nice Côte d’Azur area.

They are sportswomen, actresses, artists, winegrowers or chefs… In 2022, as the months go by, those who bring brilliance to Nice Côte d’Azur will be honoured.

Supported by the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolitan Tourist Office, “Brillantes” is a series of 10 videos, featured on our social networks and on our website.

BRILLANTES – Portrait #1 : Noëlle Perna, alias « Mado la Niçoise », comedian and actress

Noëlle Perna, a comedian and actress, is known for her character Mado la Niçoise.

When she arrived in France, in Nice, her parents took over the “Bar des Oiseaux” located in the old part of Nice. She took over a few years later, at the age of 20.
A born artist, she performed behind the counter of her bar. This is where “Mado la Niçoise” came to life.

In Brillantes, Noëlle Perna talks about her career, her arrival in Nice, which she describes as her homeland, and her future projects…

Portrait #2 : Sylvie T, draughtswoman, illustrator, art mediator and author

Spotlight on this native of Nice, Sylvie T, who describes herself as a “creative jack of all trades”. Indeed, after her studies in architecture, Sylvie T became a draughtswoman, illustrator, art mediator and author of children’s books.

In 1993, she set up her eponymous studio-gallery in Old Nice where she works in Indian ink and watercolours.

Her inspiration? The architecture and the perspective of the Nice Côte d’Azur area, where the details of the lanterns from Old Nice and the Baie des Anges fascinate her..

Brillantes reveals Sylvie T’s career, her passion for her profession and her love of the rich heritage of Nice Côte d’Azur.

Portrait #3 : Virginie Acchiardo, chef of the family-owned restaurant Chez Acchiardo

Chef of the family-owned restaurant Chez Acchiardo, Virginie reveals herself in this new episode of the web-series Brillantes.

Awarded the Cuisine Nissarde label, the Acchiardo restaurant has been serving authentic and traditional Nice cuisine since 1927.

Alongside her brothers Jean-François and Raphaël, Virginie is part of the 4th generation to run this institution. She takes over the kitchens to reproduce her great-grandmother’s recipes, because at the beginning, Chez Acchiardo was “a women’s story” which became a family story over time.

Virginie Acchiardo tells Brillantes about her career, her passion and the cuisine of Nice, which is dear to her heart.


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