Roman Ruins, Nice
Two thousand years ago, the Romans - who knew a thing or two about conquering - arrived in Nice.The south of France seemed a good place to do this kind of empire building.
At Cimiez the Roman occupation left behind a fine amphitheatre which is the site of the annual Nice Jazz Festival and countless festivities of traditional culture. Plus the archeological digs. Here you see the adjacency of the Musee Matisse, the Regina Hotel beloved of Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales, the arena and historical sites.
Easily accessible by bus from Nice centre, Cimiez is a good excursion - take the bus uphill, take in the monastery gardens, the Matisse museum, the amphitheatre, then walk bach down hill to the Chagall museum and home to the city centre.
As strange as it may sound, Nice does have some of the best Roman Ruins north of Rome. The ruins are located right next to the Matisse Museum and while they may not be as pretty to look at as the Roman Forum it certainly has its charm and is a pleasant way to spend a few hours away from the tourist throngs of Nice.
Located in one of the oldest parts of Nice and next to the Matesse Museum are ancient Roman ruins. This was the site of an ancient amphitheater and thermal baths. In fact, the amphitheater is still used during the annual Nice Jazz Festival in July each year. The archeological museum is located in the outskirts of Cimiez.