Much of the old town of Nice dates back to medieval times, and the city has been restored, especially in the parts of Rue du Pont Vieux and Rue de la Préfecture, to reflect this. Many of the shops feature the traditional “ogival arches,” while there are examples of stone lintels on the facades of private homes.

The le Palais de Justice law courts were built in a neo-classical style of the last century, and the courthouse occupies the Caserne Rusca, which served as former barracks. Combined this offer a window to the city’s past.

The former “Palais Royal,” Le Palais de la Préfecture was built in the 17th century for the governors and even Princes of Savoy for their visits to the city. After Nice was unified with France in 1860 the building became the headquarters of the Préfecture des Alpes-Maritimes.

The Rue Saint-François de Paule L’Opéra is a typical example of Second Empire architecture… despite the fact that it was actually built in 1885, after the former municipal theatre, which was on the same site, was destroyed in a fire in 1881. Built during the Third Republic, the building still follows the earlier design and is reminiscent of the era of the Emperor Napoleon III.

The style of Russia lives in the L'ÉGLISE RUSSE on the Boulevard du Tzarevitch, not far from the city’s center. First inaugurated in 1912, the Cathédrale Saint Nicolas is crowned by the distinctive onion-shaped domes, and it includes superb icons, woodwork and frescoes.

The massive 16th century fortress Le Fort du Mont Alban features bastions and watchtowers, which offer exceptional views of the French and even nearby Italian countryside. On a clear day some say you can almost see Corsica as well.