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The oldest part of the city is a change from Nice’s broad boulevards and expansive squares like Place Masséna
It’s a mesh of alleys with local shops and restaurants, darkened by tall ochre-painted apartment buildings and dominated by the Colline du Château to the east.
Glaciers, crêperies and cafes all flow onto the squares, which are often lively until the early hours.
There’s a strong Italian feel about the architecture and setting, which is no coincidence as Nice wasn’t French until the Treaty of Turin in 1860
Nice’s beaches are pebbly, and while they’re beautiful to wander past, they may not be to everyone’s taste for sunbathing.
There are private sections providing the comfort of sun loungers, and occasionally even laying sand.
Everywhere else you can still pass a relaxing afternoon in the sun, but the currents might be a bit strong for little ones and the beach shelves quite steeply too.
One beach guaranteed to delight the kids is on the other side of Mont Boron at Villefranche-sur-Mer, where the waters are shallower and screened from the open sea by the headlands at Cap de Nice and Cap-Ferrat.
This 19th-century villa on the Promenade des Anglais was donated to the city by the Duke of Rivoli in 1919 on the condition that it should be opened to the public as a museum of local history.
You have to go to see what it’s like inside one of these Belle Époque mansions, and it has gardens that were designed by Édouard André, also responsible for those at the Monte Carlo Casino.
There’s an intriguing miscellany of curiosities inside, like Napoleon’s death mask and a tiara belonging to his wife, Empress Josephine, as well as a collection of 19th-century French art on the second floor.
It’s impossible to talk about Nice without mentioning the famous Promenade des Anglais, "English Promenade". Formerly a favorite resort for English people during winter months, it’s today the most famous tourist attraction of the city.
This world-famous 7km promenade runs from the Castle Hill. If you want to do the whole Promenade des Anglais, it’s best to rent a bike!
Also in Nice’s old quarter is this lovely flower and fresh produce market, which sets up every day except Monday when it’s replaced by a flea market.
If you’re holidaying in an apartment in Nice then this market is a godsend, selling fresh produce, regional delicacies like socca made on site and flowers sourced from the Provence and Alpes-Maritimes countryside.
Many sellers will tempt you with free samples, which is an effective way of getting your business! The flower stalls stay open the longest, remaining until 17:30, long after the food sellers have packed up.
Beat the tourist rush and get there as early as possible.
There’s a three Euro fee to get in to this park, but it’s money well-spent considering how much there is crammed into these seven hectares on the western end of the Promenade des Anglais.
Kids go free and, it’s one of the few attractions in Nice that they’re guaranteed to enjoy.
There are 20 themed zones, with 2,500 plant species growing around ponds, in a modern greenhouse (one of Europe’s largest) and in a variety of gardens.
There are also animal enclosures and terrariums, with turtles, otters and tropical spiders, while mandarin ducks, Chilean flamingos and iguanas roam freely in the greenhouse.
Monastère de Cimiez
This monastery on a rise, north of the centre was established by the Benedictines in the 800s.
You get there along the Boulevard de Cimiez, one of Nice’s most impressive thoroughfares, with extraordinary 19th-century hotels and mansions.
The gothic monastery buildings are from the 14th and 15th centuries, with delicate frescoes from the 1500s.
But most visitors make the climb for one purpose: To see the exquisite gardens, with flower beds, topiaries, geometric lawns, pergolas and a terrace with an unbelievable view of the city.
These gardens are the oldest on the Côte d’Azur, plotted in 1546 and a potager for the monks.
If you are traveling to the French Riviera, you really should take a day trip to Monaco. Monaco is a tiny independent city-state (2nd smallest to Vatican City) along the coast of France. It is the land of the rich & famous with upscale stores, casinos and the home of Prince Albert II. You’ll find plenty of things to do in Monaco for the day.
A great way to get an overview of the area is by taking a Hop on Hop off Bus Tour of Monaco. With a one day pass, you can easily go to all 12 stops in Monaco.
It will also save your legs. Monaco has some large hills and while you can walk from one location to the next, you will find yourself pretty worn out.
The Hop on Hop Off Monaco bus tour will give your legs a much needed break and also allow you to listen to information about each stop before you get there.
Genoa was once Italian’s most important port, a rival to Venice. Christopher Columbus was born here, Marco Polo dictated his accounts of his travels through Asia from a Genoese Prison, and it is home to Italy’s oldest football club.
It’s crammed full of narrow carrugi, old markets, small museums and huge palaces, with a plethora of art, antiquities and delicious food.
Genoa has a huge collection of impressive Renaissance noble houses, which house impressive collections of art. From the Palazzo Rosso, which is home to works from Van Dyke and Rubens, to the Palazzo Spinola, home to the World Culture Museum, Genoa has a diverse and high calibre of offerings for the culture vulture. It’s the perfect place for you to reacquaint yourself with the Renaissance.
Tip: Visit the Palazzo Reale. This former Savoy Residence features the splendid Hall of Mirrors, which is worth the €10 entrance fee alone.
Due to a mild climate and advantageous location, nestled between sea and mountains, the entire region is home to a rich and diverse variety of plantlife. Genoese Noblemen have long been taking advantage of this and, as a result, the city is littered with some beautiful villas with spectacular gardens.
Some of the most scenic gardens include the Villa Durazza di Pallavicini and the Villa di Negro, which is also home to the Museum of Oriental Art. As well as an impressive collection of renaissance frescoes, the Villa di Principe comprises a huge sprawling garden
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Focaccia, Pesto, Pannedolce - "Genoa Cake" - Liguria has gifted the world with some of its finest foods. It’s easy to sample some of Genoa best delicacies. Head to a focacceria to sample some of the best focaccia in the country. Traditionally eaten plain, but you’ll also find it sold with numerous toppings, from onions to pesto...
Farinata, is another popular snack in Genoa. This gluten free, unleavened pancake made from chickpea, flour, oil and water, is cooked in a large hot circular tin and served in small slices...
Try a quick lunch of fried fresh seafood or frittelle and...
...if you’re feeling particularly Genoese, try some traditional Ligurian dishes, such as Torta Pasqualina.
Finish it off with a Gelato and a passeagiata!
Head to the Portico di Sottoripa, the caruggi which runs parallel to the port. This arcade is stuffed full of small focacceria, pasticceria, friggatorie, gelateria and schiamadde and is the best places to sample Genoese street food.
The charming city of Florence housing famous art galleries...
Florence is a treasure trove of art and architecture, with numerous museums and galleries. Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, the Tuscan capital is sprinkled with terracotta and ancient Carrara marble, as well as grand buildings and monuments that proudly stake their claim for admiration.
Boasting vast iron and glass structure, Piazza San Lorenzo is one of the most authentic covered market places in Florence, with fruit and veg stalls, Tuscan trinket sellers, and historic restaurants.
Masterpieces of modern fashion come in plenty on Florence’s hip Via dei Calzaiuoli and Via de Tornabuoni, which boast high-end boutiques, filled with haute couture pieces.
After long days of traditional dining and market strolling, visitors can head to the Piazza Michelangelo for sunset shots, live music and Italian atmosphere at its finest.
Friendly local people are warmly greeting tourists from dozen countries and sometimes making a tiny, funny mistakes in tourist's languages...:-)
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Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, modern Pisa is best known for an architectural project. But the world-famous Leaning Tower is just one of many noteworthy sights in this compelling city. Education has fuelled the local economy since the 1400, and students from across Italy compete for places in its elite university.
This endows the centre of town with a vibrant cafe and bar scene, balancing an enviable portfolio of well-maintained Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas with a lively street life dominated by locals rather than tourists – a charm you will definitely not discover if you restrict your visit to Piazza dei Miracoli.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a centuries-old icon that has been both a cultural icon and major tourist spot for people around the world.
From taking centuries to build, the Leaning Tower of Pisa has an odd history that goes all the way back to the 12th century. Construction of Tower took approximately two centuries to complete
Venturing throughout the city, and you will soon discover that there are quite a few Pisani structures that suffer from foundation instability.
The San Nicola 12th century church and 11th century San Michele Degli Scalzi church have the same leaning issue. However, they do not top San Michele Degli Scalzi which has a 5-degree tilt.
Rome has been around for almost three thousand years and yet carries all that weight of history with a dolce vita lightness of heart. It’s a city that combines the intimacy and human scale of a village with the cultural draws of a historic, art-laden European metropolis.
Classical ruins and early Christian places of worship stand next to – or sometimes lie beneath – Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains. But there are also great neighbourhood trattorias, quirky shops and a buzzing aperitive scene.
The golden rule for visitors? Don’t try to cram too much in. Rome moves at a slower pace than many northern cities, and to enjoy it you should take time out in pavement cafés as well as ticking off all the big cultural draws.
When faced with a holiday destination as big and as iconic as Rome, it's hard to know where to begin - so why not let us guide you through the crème de la crème of the city’s sights! These sights include the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Palatino and the Roman Fanfare.
Busy though they may be, you will enjoy an unforgettable experience when spending a morning or afternoon walking in the footsteps of the Romans, the world’s most famous artists, Popes and figures from hundreds of years of Italian history.
Rome, Palazzo Colonna
In heart of Rome, A few steps from Piazza Venezia, Palazzo Colonna offers the visitor one of the most magnificent testimonies of the Roman baroque.
La Gallery Column and its salons are in fact one of the wonders of Rome and are the setting for an impressive collection of works of art: paintings, sculptures and furnishings from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.
The aforementioned landmarks need no fanfare and little selling before you will find yourself being carried towards them alongside a wave of other tourists.
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The Itinerary 15 days / 14 nights
Day 1. After arriving in Nice you will begin your trip
Day 2. Enjoy your second day in Nice and stay overnight
Day 3. Your third day in Nice, in the morning take a train to Monaco (20 min), have a nice day there, in the evening return back to Nice and stay overnight
Day 4. Enjoy your forth day in Nice and stay overnight
Day 5. Train from Nice to Genoa (3 hours, the road along the sea) and stay overnight
Day 6. Enjoy your second day in Genoa and stay overnight
Day 7. Enjoy your third day in Genoa and stay overnight
Day 8. Train from Genoa to Florence (2 hours 40 min, the part of the road along the sea), start to enjoy the treasure trove of art and architecture and stay overnight
Day 9. Enjoy your second day in Florence and stay overnight
Day 10. Your third day in Florence. Morning train from Florence to Pisa (1 hour), enjoy your day, come back to Florence and stay overnight
Day 11. Enjoy your forth day in Florence and stay overnight
Day 12. Train from Florence to Rome (1 h 40 min) and stay overnight
Day 13. Enjoy your second day in Rome and stay overnight
Day 14. Enjoy your third day in Rome and stay overnight
Day 15. Have a good breakfast in your hotel, have few hours in Rome and fly back home.
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