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Vieux Nice is a great place to explore on foot. The city’s oldest neighbourhood is a series of charming squares and streets, full of yellow and red houses with green shutters. Its many cafés, restaurants and shops ensure a lively atmosphere until late into the evening. Take an early morning browse through the enjoyable Cours Saleya market.
Packed with Baroque monuments, ochre-coloured houses and narrow alleys with drying laundry, Vieux Nice oozes a Mediterranean atmosphere that sometimes feels more Italian than French. This is not very surprising as over the course of various centuries, 'Nizza' has regularly fallen into the hands of Italian rulers. It was only in 1859 that the Kingdom of Sardinia officially handed the city over to France. Even today we still find many remnants of these Italian periods in the dialect and culture of Nice.
“One of Nice’s most powerful families lived more than 150 years at the Palais Lascrais”