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Private Tour: 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour in Nice
"Meet your guide at the previously arranged and time and start your private tour. First head to historic part of Nice Cimiez. This is not only a place for a winter holiday of Queen Victoria which is commemorated by a statue at the top of Boulevard de Cimiez it is also the site of the Roman city Cemile-num. In 2C there were at least 20000 Romans living here. Many vestiges of their city remain. With your guide you can walk around the Site Archeologique Gallo-Romain. You'll see magnificent Monastery Franciscan and and walk along the famous rose garden
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Nice Segway Tour
"Begin your Segway tour in central Nice near the Promenade des Anglais a bustling and lovely walkway along the Mediterranean Sea. During a 15-minute training session with your guide strap on your helmet and learn the basics of riding your personal transporter. Then it’s time to set off on your exploration of one of France’s most beautiful cities. Your guide will share tidbits about Nice’s history and suggest things to see and do later as you glide past shops museums and restaurants on your way to the Cours Saleya an open-air marketplace with fragrant flowers and fresh local foods. Then visit Place Rosetti
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Nice City Bike Tour
"Experience the best of Nice on a relaxing three-hour bicycle tour. As you pedal through this beautiful French city you’ll hear interesting commentary from your local guide. For the best experience consider booking this tour at the beginning of your stay in Nice as it’s a great way to orient yourself to the city and stay a step ahead of other tourists for the rest of your stay. The roads of Nice are mostly flat and smooth. There is one hill climb up to the Chateau Hill where you see panoramic views of Ni discover hidden churches walks
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Place Massena Tips (20)

Main Luxe Shopping Area

Place Messena is a large square that is bounded by the Jardin Albet 1 on the west side, the Promenade Du Paillon on the east side, the Fountain Du Soleil on the south Side and the Luxe Department Store Galleries Lafayette on the North Side. This Public Square was named after a local French marshal called Andre Massena and it was built in the early 19th century when Nice was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia and since then has undergone several renovations until 2007. at Present this square host many red buildings built in Italian Turin Style and hosts many retail shops and luxe shops and even some restaurants and cafes. around the fontaine du Soleil area are the public trams, a mini train and also the Nice Rickshaws are located.

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machomikemd
Aug 22, 2016

Nice's Christmas Village.

As we visited Nice at Christmas time, Place Massena, Nice's main square, had been converted into a Christmas Village. It had a giant ferris wheel, an ice palace, an ice-skating rink, a huge Christmas tree and many Christmas stalls selling food,drink and Christmas gifts. The Fountain of the Sun with its huge Apollo statue had been converted into a giant snow globe.

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IreneMcKay
Jan 02, 2016

Place Massena

Place Massena or Massena Square is Nice’s main square which links Nice's Old and New Towns. It is surrounded by beautiful old buildings, all painted red.

The Fontaine du Soleil or the Sun Fountain is located near the old town end of the square. As we were there at Christmas, the fountain with its giant statue of Apollo had been enclosed and turned into a giant snowglobe. .

Also in the square seven statues by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa sit on top of tall poles. These are lit up in bright colors at night.

Massena Square is mainly pedestrianized but is open to Nice's trams. During our visit the whole square had become Nice's Christmas Village. I will write about this in a separate tip.

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IreneMcKay
Jan 02, 2016

Place Massena

Technically, Place Massena is part of the Old Town, but it has a completely different feel. Cut through by Nice's ultra modern tram line, the wide open plaza stands apart from the tight streets of Vieux Nice. And the resin sculptures of the Seven Buddhas, meditating high up on their plinths, lend the square a possibly post-modern look. Only the Fontaine du Soleil, with its great statue of Apollo, survives from earlier times, but even that was removed completely from the square only to be returned in 2007.

Today the square is the bustling heart of Nice. Tourists alight the tram to start their visit to Vieux Nice, or the beaches along Promenade des Anglais.Local shoppers begin their walk along the department stores of Avenue Jean-Medicin. And children rush along Promenade de Paillon, to dance in the fountain or run free in the great playground further on.

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Nov 24, 2015
 
 
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Need a break? Promenade du Paillon might help you

If you've been to Nice a few years ago, you might remember the main bus station. If you haven't been following the latest news, it no longer exists at that place.

After extensive work for what it seemed a very long time, the "Promenade du Paillon" was open almost at the end of 2013. It's a promenade with some trees, kids' games, wood benches, fountains... Just don't feel tempted to sit on the grass or to drink alcohol here because it's forbidden and police officers will remind you about it.

Public toilets are available and it costs 0,50 €.

Open hours:
From October 1st to Mars 31st : from 7h00 AM to 9h00 PM
From April 1st to September 30th : from 7h00 AM to 11h00 PM

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Elainehead
Feb 13, 2014

Place Messena--Nice's beautiful central square

Place Massena is an attractive square surrounded by shops and restaurants which are concentrated along the Rue Messina, a pedestrian only zone. A cluster of rich, red colored buildings mark the spot--it's hard to overlook them!

This popular square was named for Marshal Massena, a man described as both "canny and corrupt" who managed to collect a number of distinguished titles throughout his career.

Like most squares, pretty flower plots and scattered benches welcome its visitors each day to people watch or rest their weary legs.

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VeronicaG
Dec 07, 2009

Center of the city...

Massena Square is Nice’s geographic centre. Originally created in 1832 has the name of one of the city's most famous citizens. Jean-André Masséna (1758–1817) was born in Nice and he was famous as military commander during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

The square is big enough and it is a relaxing point for the people passing by and you can have some nice photos near the fountains. We did this, we checked the statues and the pine trees and after a while we had to choose of going to the shops near by like most of the locals usually do or entering the Old Town. We did the second of course...

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mindcrime
Sep 26, 2009

The most famous square

This huge square can't be missed when in Nice.

It's surrounded by the Albert I and Massena gardens and the imposing red-coloured buildings. Not to mention the fountains.

This is where a parade, show or other events often take place.

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Place Massena

Considered the centre of the city, Place Massena is the stage for the festivities during le Carnaval de Nice. The elegant buildings around the square date from 1850 and mix the arcades of rue de Rivoli in Paris with Italianate architecture. The most distinguishing feature is the rose coloured façades of the encircling buildings.

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Jun 15, 2009

Place Massena

The Place Massena was opened in June 2007. It is a wide-open pedestrianised square, watch out for the trams though. The square has its critics, due to lack of shade & greenery. I loved the open feel to it, especially when the sun lit up the surrounding buildings. It was busy with people both day & night, and a great place to sit & relax.

The square contains a fountain as well as seven figures sat atop giant poles facing each other. Both the fountain and the sculptures are illuminated at night.

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tim07
Nov 09, 2008

Round square

Unfortunately, place Massena was still being restored while we were in Nice, but it was impossible not to notice how beautiful this square is. I was really impressed by the lines that dominate this wonderful spot. Take a look at my pics: everything moves around round lines.

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Oct 04, 2007

Great - especially in evenings

Place Massena is nice place to visit in the daytime, but it looks wonderful in evenings. Look at photos - in evenings Place Massena get sensation of mysteriousness and fountain very good belongs to this atmosphere.

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Aug 14, 2007

Things to Do Near Place Massena

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Vieux Nice - Old Town

the old town of Nice is located along the south eastern part of the city and it stretches roughly from the Port of Nice and extends up to the Place Messena area and Prince Albert 1 gardens. there are...
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Cours Saleya

this will be my things to do tip, I will have a separate shopping tip for it. The Cours Saleya is the famous old Market of Nice and is actually four different markets in one of which the Marché aux...
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Notre Dame de Nice

We visited this beautiful church twice. First we viewed it at night when it was all lit up, then we re- visited it by day. The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice is a Roman Catholic basilica located on...
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The Promenade du Paillon

The River Paillon once separated the old and new parts of Nice. Nowadays most of it has been covered over and made into a long stretch of pleasant parkland. We walked along it starting from the sea....
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Paloma Cantine

A unique atmosphere in the port of Nice, the Paloma Cantine oscillates between bistro chic canteen. Small card to control fresh, suggestions that vary according to the season , grilled fish . The wine...
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Casino Barrière Le Ruhl

there are several Casinos along Nice of which most are located along the Promenade De Anglais Area of which you actually don't need to go to Monte Carlo in Monaco to Gamble (unless you want to gamble...
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