Cimiez

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Cimiez

Browse the collections of some of the Riviera’s most famous artists and explore ancient ruins in this Nice neighborhood, which was once a separate city.

Sitting inland and uphill from Nice’s waterfront, the neighborhood of Cimiez has a long and colorful past. Discover its fascinating history dating back to the ancient Roman period and learn about how it emerged as a favorite area for many iconic artists and painters in recent centuries.

Begin your discovery of Cimiez at the Matisse Museum, dedicated to the life and work of one of the region’s best-known residents. Matisse moved to Cimiez during World War I and created much of his later work here. Browse the museum’s galleries, get to know his work and view his personal objects, including a paint-spattered desk.

Continue your journey through Cimiez’s artistic heritage with a visit to the Marc Chagall Museum. This collection houses the works of Chagall, a French-Russian artist who produced paintings, sculptures, stained glass and more. His works were often inspired by religion; many depict biblical scenes. A short way southeast of the museum, find the Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center, where a range of events and performances are held throughout the year.

Discover more about the ancient history of Cimiez as you explore ancient Roman ruins throughout the district. Visit the remains of the Cimiez Amphitheater, which in Roman times accommodated up to 4,000 spectators. Learn more at the Musée d'Archéologie site de Cimiez, where ancient artifacts tell the story of Cemenelum, as Cimiez used to be known.

After learning about the district’s ancient history, move forward a few centuries at the Franciscan Monastery. This beautiful church and monastery date from the 15th century and sit across a peaceful park from the Matisse Museum. Matisse himself is buried in the church’s cemetery. Enter a small museum where you can learn about the history of the Franciscan order.

Cimiez is about a 10-minute drive northeast of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. Navigate the city easily on foot. Alternatively, use local buses.


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Relais Acropolis
Relais Acropolis
3 out of 5
20 Boulevard Risso, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
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The price is £45 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Located in Cimiez, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center, Cours Saleya and Place Massena. Promenade des Anglais ...
3.9/5 Good! (352 reviews)
"The staff was excellent, professional, friendly and just very nice people from housekeeping to maintenance to front desk to the person putting breakfast together."

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Hôtel du Petit Palais
Hôtel du Petit Palais
4 out of 5
17 Avenue Emile Bieckert, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
Located in Cimiez, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Marc Chagall National Museum, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena. Port of Nice and Cours Saleya ...
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Aparthotel Adagio access Nice Acropolis
Aparthotel Adagio access Nice Acropolis
2 out of 5
42 boulevard Risso, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is £47 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Cimiez, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center, Port of Nice and Place Massena. Promenade des ...
3.6/5 Good! (760 reviews)
Ideal for old town
"We were disappointed on arriving after a long day travelling that there weren't any teabags or coffee. We stayed in an appart hotel in Bordeaux which had this, so expected the same. We found the room small and cluttered. There was a unit that was inutile and made it difficult moving around. The bed ..."

Reviewed on 24 May 2021

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Villa le Nid
Villa le Nid
4 out of 5
4, Avenue Caravadossi, Nice, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Located in Centre Ville-Gare, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marc Chagall National Museum, Place Massena and Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
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"A lovely modern appartment very close to the centre of Nice. Very helpful host who took the time to explain everything on offer and gave lots of help and advice. Would definitely visit again!"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2019

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Appartement Le Verger
Appartement Le Verger
9 Avenue Georges V, Nice, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Located in Nice City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Marc Chagall National Museum, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena. Matisse ...
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Cozy 1 bedroom apartment with sea view, Cimiez district!
Cozy 1 bedroom apartment with sea view, Cimiez district!
Chemin des Pins, Nice, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
Located in Cimiez, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marc Chagall National Museum and Place Massena. Promenade des Anglais and Matisse Museum ...
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