Every city is proud of its old town, which is a part of history and represents different dimension taking tourists back in time.
Old town (Vieux Nice) of Nice is exactly the place to feel the atmosphere of French Riviera. This is a top travel spot always interesting to visit to explore the history and find out more about Nice old town, compare it with a modern city today.
Narrow streets of XVII-XVIII centuries of old town of Nice will take you back in time, showing totally different city.
There is no place for sidewalk in old town, and tables of the cafes and restaurants are “parked” just on the streets.
The first impression when visiting old town of Nice may be that the sun cannot get through the walls of the town, reaching only the crossroads.
Things to see in old town of Nice: St Franzysk Paolansky Church (1733 – 50), Mizericorde Capella (Bernardo Vittone, 1736), St Reparate Cathedral (Guiberg, 1650) and of course Palais Lascaris.
The Mizericorde Capella
The Mizericorde Capella was built in 1740, designed by Bernardo Vittone, famous architect. The chapel has an elliptical nave, with semicircular side chapels.
The Mizericorde Capella is beautifully decorated inside. This is an amazing sample of Baroque art, with exceptionally rich architecture.
Saint Reparate Cathedral
Saint Reparate Cathedral, which became a Cathedral in the 16th century, is the largest sanctuary in Old Nice. Inspired by early Baroque architectural models from Rome, the structure has a basilica layout with a triple nave and a transept. The decoration of the side chapels and choir is particularly sumptuous and the interior reflects the influence of Saint Peter’s of Rome.
Palais Lascari is located in the historical center of Nice. It belonged to the family of Laskaris-Ventimilia and was built in XVII century in Genoese baroque style.
There is also a must to see place in Nice – flowery market. Its atmosphere will leave an unforgettable pleasant impression upon you.