Visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer

France, Nice Guide (B): Visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer was founded in 1295 by Charles II of Anjou, at that time the Count of Provence. The town then fell under the rule of the Dukes of Savoy where it remained in Italian ownership until it was transferred back to France in 1860.

The bay (rade) of Villefranche is one of the deepest natural harbours in the Mediterranean, and was previously a base for the US 6th Fleet up to 1967. Today, it is still a favourite anchorage for yachts and large cruise ships.

One of the most picturesque towns along the coast, it has been a favourite destination for artists and film crews including being used as a backdrop for scenes in Jewel of the Nile, Ronin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mr Bean’s Holiday.

The ‘Moteurs…Action! Stunt Show Spectacular’ at Walt Disney Studio’s Park at Disneyland Paris has show scenery that was inspired by the seafront terrace houses at Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Villefranche-sur-Mer train station is located overlooking the bay of Villefranche on the coastal line. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer
Guide Location: France » Nice
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Rue Obscure   Chapelle Saint-Pierre   Citadelle Saint-Elme   Picard   Le Serre   Le Cosmo  
Author: Rebecca Whitlocke
Read it on author's website: https://accessriviera.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/sightseeing-villefranche-sur-mer-travel-tips-and-local-knowledge/

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