Provençal cuisine highlights the bounty of France’s Mediterranean coast. Dishes are made with local herbs and seafood, and are often from traditional recipes passed down through the generations. Here are a few of the flavors and activities to seek out.
Cimiez Monastery (Monastere de Cimiez)
Place du Monastere, Cimiez
Located in the quiet district of Cimiez, this Franciscan monastery (sometimes wrongly translated as Cimiez Convent) is home to a small community of Franciscan friars. Travelers can discover Cimiez Monastery as part of a half-day guided tour or on a full-day hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour with stops at Nice’s most popular attractions, such as Promenade des Anglais, Mont Boron, Matisse Museum (Musée Matisse), and the Chagall Museum (Musée National Marc Chagall).
Things to Know Before You Go
A visit to Cimiez Monastery is suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families.
Admission to the Franciscan monastery is free.
If you travel via hop-on, hop-off bus, audio commentary and headsets are included on the trip.
The monastery and the bus are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Cimiez Monastery is located at at Place du Monastère in the northern Cimiez district of Nice. Easily accessible by bus from the central bus station just outside the old town, catch No. 15, 17, 20, 22, or 25 and travel up the hill to the Arènes stop just in front of the monastery.
When to Get There
The museum is open year-round Monday through Saturday in the morning and late afternoon with a midday break. The church is open daily. With a mild Mediterranean climate, Nice is a destination to visit any time of year. Come in spring and autumn to avoid crowds, pricy hotel rooms, and the heat of summer.
Treasures of the Monastery
Amongst the more than 300 documents and artworks from the 15th to 18th centuries are ones of enormous value, includingPietà, Crucifixion and Deposition by Italian medieval artist Ludovico Bréa. In the monastery's cemetery, look for the tombstones of celebrated French painters Henri Matisse (festooned with flowers and letters from aspiring artists) and Raoul Dufy, as well as Roger Martin du Gard, winner of the 1937 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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