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Nice

Nice is a picturesque coastal city in southern France, less than 15 km west of Monaco. Located on the French Riviera, the city is the fifth largest city in France.

In today's Nice there was Terra Amata, the oldest known camp from around 380,000 years BC. Around 350 BC, the Greek settlement of Nikaia was founded here. Throughout the centuries, Nice has changed many times and significantly influenced the development of maritime trade.

For centuries, the city belonged to the Duchy of Savoy-Piedmont, later to France, the Kingdom of Sardinia and in 1860 it was permanently incorporated into France.

In the mid-eighteenth century the beautiful surroundings and pleasant Mediterranean climate drew attention of the British upper classes and many aristocrats spent the winter in Nice.

Promenade des Anglais

The main promenade of the city is called the "Promenade of Englishmen" after an increasing number of English visitors. Nowadays, not only the aristocracy, but also runners, skaters, and skateboarders are walking along the promenade. There is also a bicycle track separated from the street.

The promenade is considered the heart of the city due to the events organised here, such as carnivals, sporting events and art exhibitions. There is also a Hotel Le Negresco - one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.

Walking along the promenade, you can see remains of the Casino of the Jetée-Promenade, which did not survive World War II. Going towards the Castle Hill, you can not miss the Neuf Lignes Obliques monument, which was built in 2010 to celebrate the occasion of the 150th anniversary of annexation of Nice by France.

Museum of Asian Art

For centuries the city has attracted not only those seeking relaxation, but also those seeking inspiration. Clean air and specific "soft" light appealed to artists such as Marc Chagall, Niki de Saint Phalle, Henri Matisse, and Arman. Their works can be admired in museums located in the city.

We also recommend visiting the Museum of Asian Art (Musée des Arts Asiatiques), which features a collection of works from India, China, and from the south-eastern part of the continent. The museum is located in Parc Phoenix park on the banks of a small lake.

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