Our hotel,West-End, is next door to the Massena Museum. It is an impressive Italianate neoclassical mansion fronting onto the Prom des Anglais. it boasts 23 exhibition rooms and lush gardens. The focus of the exhibits is the history of Nice through the eyes of painters,writers and musicians who lived in the area.
The interior is beautifully lit from both natural and artificial sources with the upstairs rooms offering lovely views of the sea and the greenery outside. the gardens are English style which provide an excellent place to relax out of the bustle and sunshine of Nice.
As you wander through the rooms you will find a repository of paintings,sculptures,furniture and decorations. The museum evokes a sense of the heydays of the town and is a primer for understanding the city better. Pass through the Great Gallery and you will be astounded by the sculptures,massive paintings,bronzes and candelabras. There are frescos and and a visual treat as the founding families and characters who shaped this city,reveal themselves,via portraits.
Entry is gratuis,however English speaking visitors......need to learn French.....as all signs and explanations are only in French.
Tip....check out the bookshop/souvenir shop for its sophistication and unbelievable stock of readable material on this fantastic city. Bon Appetite