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Daily Life Tour (Self Guided), Nice

Nice is a great city to visit for the pleasant weather, the sea and its beauty. It is an old town with many beautiful places to visit. Besides the tourist areas there are places that locals love to visit, with very important historical value. Take the following tour to discover the most popular places for Nice’s locals.
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Guide Name: Daily Life Tour
Guide Location: France » Nice (See other walking tours in Nice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • Patinoire Jean Bouin
  • Place Garibaldi
  • Le Theatre Francis Gag
  • Vieille Ville (Old Town)
  • Cours Saleya
  • Monument aux Morts
University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

1) University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

This famous school of higher learning is actually spread across several locations in the city of Nice. To be precise, it has eight different campuses, each of which centers around a different academic discipline.

The institution was formed and organized in 1965, in the month of October. Perhaps the most famous of the campuses is the school of Engineering. The school that it replaced, however, can be traced back to the 17th Century. It was formed by the Prince of Savoy. The original Latin name was the Collegium Jurisconsultorum Niciensium. At that time, the primary mission of the school centered on law and issues related to the legal profession of the time. When the institution was reorganized in 1965 it represented the first time that the University offered multiple disciplines. The location in Sophia Antipolis was added to the campuses in 1989.

Currently, the University is the second largest in France. In the current academic year, the school has around 30,000 students. There is a lot of fine architecture to be seen across the various campuses in town, so you may want to take a leisurely stroll around one of the campuses.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Patinoire Jean Bouin

2) Patinoire Jean Bouin

One of the most popular places for the entire family on weekends and holidays is Patinoire. It is a very large rink offering hockey and skating classes. Everyone can rent skates and have fun here.
Place Garibaldi

3) Place Garibaldi (must see)

Another of the lovely squares to be found in the city of Nice, this used to be called the Piazza Vittorio and was designed to be a tribute to King Victor Amedee III. It was built in the late 1700s. When first constructed, it was meant to be a place for the Sardinian rulers to have public functions in Nice, while visiting from Turin. Much later, the square was renamed after Giuseppe Garibaldi, who tried to get Nice included in the governmental rule of Italy during the so-called Italian Reunification Movement (at one point, Nice was part of Italy).

The square was designed by Antoine Spinelli. This is the same designer who worked on the Chapelle du St. Sepulcre building in town. You will also be able to see the statue of Garibaldi which was constructed here.

While in the area, you may want to visit the Place Massena. Place St. Francois is also very close. If you go there, you will want to see the famous Dolphin Fountain located in the center of the square. The Bell Tower Palais Communal is also within walking distance from the Place Garibaldi.

Why You Should Visit:
Apart from the impressive Garibaldi centerpiece, the whole area reflects a feel and style of yesteryear with spaciousness and color.
There are some tactfully placed shops and bars within reaching distance as well (but these do not spoil the overall mood of the square itself).
The clever way in which ALL balconies have been painted in 2D to replicate a 3D range of balcony-like features for all buildings bordering the area is clever and yet a piece of art history itself.

For a nice view of the place, you have Café de Turin and its outdoor tables at which you can eat e.g. excellent oysters.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Le Theatre Francis Gag

4) Le Theatre Francis Gag

You have to look a little bit to find this old part of town, but it is worth the look. Although surrounded by quite a bit of new development, this theater is still a major attraction in the city. The building is named for a very prominent and popular old resident of the place. His name was Francis Gag.

This person was a bit of a renaissance man for the time, being a writer of prose and poetry, as well as being a commentator on humanism and world history. In many respects, he represents the heart and soul of the city.

The location does more than just host theatrical productions however. The building has the facilities to host a variety of events, all designed around promoting the cultural and scholastic organizations that have partnered with the institution. Many outside agencies also hold events here.

The physical building has a seating capacity of two hundred and sixty. The main stage of the theatre is a hundred meters square, so there is lots of room to host a variety of events. The location accommodates over one hundred and fifty events each year.
Vieille Ville (Old Town)

5) Vieille Ville (Old Town) (must see)

The Vieux Nice, also known as the Old Town, is in many respects the most colorful area in the whole city. There are lots of small streets that can be wondered for a very long time, most of which end in a shop, or a great place to eat, or an art exhibit. There are lots of pastels that have been used in the paint. Just to make things even more romantic in design, the locals still hang their laundry out across the street on long clotheslines.

Part of the allure of the area comes from the fact that this once was a very poor part of town, so you really get to see a piece of the real city here. There are two main attractions you will also want to check out: the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate (named after the saint of the town) and the famous Fenocchio ice-cream parlor.

You may also want to visit the Chapelle del’Annonciation, home of a famous local museum that has been built inside an exquisite old 17th-century space. Along the whole way, you will find many good cafés and coffee shops, along with places to buy lots of souvenirs. The southern end of the Old Town is home to the Cours Saleya, which is a marketplace well known for its flowers, fish and produce.

Why You Should Visit:
Almost all aspects of this historic and characterful Old Town are just superb!
Not only is it classically French but also has some unique and/or idiosyncratic features such as in Place Garribaldi.
You can spend more than a few days strolling around and visiting whichever bars take your fancy…

It's highly likely that you'll have to book in your preferred choice(s) as the bars and restaurants throughout the area are busy during most of the evening.
Otherwise, do not plan a lot or any of it! Just immerse yourself and indulge.
Cours Saleya

6) Cours Saleya (must see)

A trip to Nice absolutely must include a stroll around the Cours Saleya. This incredible area used to be the city square in the days gone by. It is now an open-air market that has many different vendors available throughout the week. The sights, sounds, smells and the people are sure to be one of the highlights of any trip.

Every Monday morning there is an antique market, where the perfect bit of Art Deco or that one unique souvenir may be purchased. If you love antiques, do not miss coming on Mondays. Tuesday through Sunday, the market is devoted to fresh, colorful flowers and fruits of all kinds. Of course, it really depends upon the time of year one visits as to what produce will be available, but whatever is being sold, it will be fresh.

Be sure to arrive early at the market; the stalls open at 6 am, so try to get there as soon as possible after that. For early birds, this place is a real treat. Reusable bags to carry home purchases are absolutely necessary as well as plenty of small bills and change. The vendors will have enough customers that they don’t need to worry about fussing with making huge amounts of change for one customer.

For those who have cooking facilities where they are staying, do not miss the fresh fish market. There is no comparison of taste in fish that went from the water to the table in just a few hours. What a delight, especially when accompanied by fresh herbs, bread, veggies and paired with an incredible wine.

During the summertime, the Cours Saleya turns in a craft market on the warm evenings. It is possible to go to the market in the morning to pick up fresh flowers, a bit of fruit, cheese, olives and bread for the day and then return in the evening to buy some delightful craft product to remember the trip by. The area is also home to several cafes and restaurants. What a way to spend a summer day in Nice!

Why You Should Visit:
Beautifully located in the heart of the city whilst at the same time not being too far away from the seafront.
Adding to the charm is the whole area leading up to it as you walk down a promenade of magnificent edifices erected yesteryear and oozing class at each and every glance.

Be there around 12 PM – that's when they fire a cannon after an old habit of the Duke of Nizza that tried to get his shop-a-holic wife home for lunch this way.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-1pm
Monument aux Morts

7) Monument aux Morts

The Monument aux Morts is a very striking memorial to the people who passed away during World War I. It was erected in 1919, and was the brain child of the Mayor of Nice at that time. That was Goiran Francis. In terms of pure size, it is one of the largest tributes to the fallen to be found anywhere in the country.

The location of the memorial is set so that it faces out to the ocean. It is built into the beautiful Castle Hill in town. During the daytime, the light plays off the white stone that was used to build the structure, making the whole thing look a bit surrealistic. It is dome shaped, and has an urn in the middle. If you take time to go up to the display, you will be able to read the names of the three thousand six hundred and fifty five lost souls that are honored here. It is a great spot to stop for a moment of contemplation.

The design was done by Roger Seasal. Some of the additional work, namely the bas-reliefs was added closer to 1928 by Alfred Janniot.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Nice, France

Create Your Own Walk in Nice

Create Your Own Walk in Nice

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Religious Building Walking Tour

Religious Building Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 Km or 4.1 Miles
Shopping Areas in Nice

Shopping Areas in Nice

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Nice Introduction Walk

Nice Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Kids Entertainment Tour

Kids Entertainment Tour

Nice is a very interesting city with activities for all ages and tastes. There are museums, galleries, historical buildings and theaters for people who love art in all its forms. For younger crowds there are clubs, pubs, bars and parks. There are also places for families that parents and children can enjoy. Take the following tour to discover the most popular attractions for kids.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Art Museums Walking Tour

Art Museums Walking Tour

Nice is considered one of the oldest cities in the world. Due to its location and climate, Nice attracted many famous painters. Because so many artists have resided here, there are a large number of art museums. Check out the most visited ones in Nice in this next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.2 Km or 5.7 Miles
Historic Buildings Tour

Historic Buildings Tour

Thanks to its history, the culture and architecture of Nice is diverse and very beautiful. The influences of Gothic, Italian, Latin and Genoese styles define the architecture of Nice. The beauty of this blend of styles is seen in the old buildings, churches and palaces. Take this tour to discover the masterpieces of art made by people centuries ago which are preserved to this day.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 Km or 4.3 Miles

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