Trophee d'Auguste
Trophee d'Auguste
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9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
About
The Alpes Trophy, the only remaining example of such triumphal architecture, was erected in the 1st century BC to honour Augustus Caesar’s victories against the tribes of the Alpes. This structure has been restored thanks to an American patron and it towers above the old Via Julia Augusta and the whole of the French Riviera from Esterel to the Italian coast. The monument features an exhibition of engravings, plaster cars, models, a video display and panoramic view. Open: > 19th May to 20th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 21st September to 18th May: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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mingfatsai
Grand Island, NE4,373 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Long ago, this was once an amazing monument. A part of it was reconstructed with the original blocks. Once you drive up to La Turbie, you can see it from many different points of view. However, it is gated off and associated with a museum requiring a fee to enter. We were not aware of this fact prior to arriving and the museum and entrance were closed that day. My advice is that if you wish to see it up close, verify that the entrance and museum are open in advance.
Written October 6, 2021
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fiamma11
Tysons Corner, VA5,677 contributions
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Apr 2020
The Trophee d'Auguste was built in 6 BC to honor Octavius who was Caesar's nephew and would become Emperor Augustus. The monument was built at the frontier between Italy and Gaul. It served as a proclamation of the unity and power of the Roman Empire.
Written March 25, 2021
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Simon M
Cambridge, UK214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
In the nine years that I have had a property in Nice, yesterday was the first time I visited the "Trophy of Augustus" at La Turbie. Goodness knows why it took me so long! First, here's how I recommend you prepare for your visit, if you have the time that is. Look up the monument on Wikipedia, to get up to speed on what it is all about. It's also worth taking a quick look at Augustus Caesar, who founded the Roman Empire when the Republic collapsed. He brought the famous Pax Romana to the territories of the Roman Empire, and was regarded as a god (his life overlaps with Jesus Christ, Son of God in human form). In antiquity the Greeks erected trophies after major battles. The Romans famously went in for triumphal arches. Moreover, victorious generals were offered a "triumph" in Rome, a huge celebratory procession etc (look up "Roman Triumph") Augustus built a Trophy at Actium to commemorate the famous naval victory in 31 BC, but none of this survives.

The Trophy of Augustus is an exceptional memorial, uniquely so, to the mighty Roman Empire. This immense rubble pile marks the extension of the Roman Empire into western Europe. The situation of the monument is superb. It is at the highest point of the Via Julia, the road which Augustus had built to encourage trade between Italy and Gaul. Even today the approach along the Corniche from the east splendidly shows the monument ahead. The Via Julia, started by Augustus in 13 BC terminated at La Turbie, and was only later extended to Arles.

For those interested in the history of the Roman Empire this attraction is "must see". The heavily restored monument is, well, monumental. It is set in an attractive park where the trees and plants are local Mediterranean species. There are several fabulous panoramic viewpoints - the visit is worth it for these alone: altitude 500m, horizon distance 100 km, look down on all those rich people in Monaco!

It is set in a small park. The information boards around the monument and in the small museum are excellent

This attraction is not suitable for a wet day

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Written September 28, 2014
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lindadownunder
Perth, Australia2,943 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Trophee d'Auguste is well worth the entrance fee and a visit for the views alone.
Situated high on the hill in the old town of La Turbie the views and the tour are excellent.
Written June 5, 2017
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Anise_R
Santa Clara, CA26 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Business
The site itself is pretty and scenic, and the ruins are picturesque, but the same view can be seen from the hill above the town cemetery for free. The top of the trophy is also visible throughout La Turbie.

The museum itself leaves much to be desired. There is an informative video about the reconstruction (now out of date) of the monument, but there are serious problems with the rest of the little museum. There are two Roman inscriptions, both obviously and carelessly mislabeled. Signs offer information on the monument's 19th-20th century excavation and partial reconstruction but little information on the historical context of the monument itself. You will find out very little about the Alpine campaigns, Augustus, or the people who lived in the Alps during the visit. Some of the staff were well informed and very helpful; others were not. I have seen many fine small museums around ancient sites; this is not one of them.

The site has a policy that once you leave you can not be readmitted, even if you leave just for lunch. Given that the site receives so few visitors, the policy is absurd. I had attempted to go back to afternoon to take photos of the main inscription in raking light (the main inscription is not as visible in the morning and is best viewed in the afternoon light) and was rudely informed that reentry was not possible even on the same day. Postcard worthy pictures can be taken from elsewhere in the village, and those interested in history will find the site's presentation wanting.
Written July 15, 2014
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WilliamJo
Bologna, Italy122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Couples
The Trophy of Augustus, also known as the Trophy of the Alpes, was erected in a strategic position on the Via Julia Augusta in 7 BC by the Emperor Augustus to commemorate his conquest of Gaul and his victory over the Ligurians. This impressive monument consisting of a stone plinth and then a series of majestic columns reaching a total height of 35 metres, still stands more than 2000 years after it was built, and is located in the village of La Turbie, 480 metres above sea level, overlooking Monaco and Monte Carlo. From here the views along the coast from Bordighera in Italy all the way to Cannes and the Esterel beyond, almost as far as St Tropez, are breathtaking, and as inspiring as the views from the Jardin Exotique in Eze Village, just a few km away on the Moyenne Corniche (between Monaco and Nice). A trip to the Trophy of the Alps can easily be combined with a visit to Eze Village (429 metres above sea level) if arriving by car or bike but there is also a bus from Nice once or twice a day (bus no 116). The monument is clearly visible from the Casino Gardens in Monte Carlo, up on the left-hand side, but most visitors are unaware that they can turn their backs on the Casino and gaze up towards La Turbie on the hilltop and admire a monument that has weathered the storms and survived all the invasions and disasters taking place since the days when Christ was on earth. Truly inspirational.
Entrance fee: 5.50 euros. Parking by the entrance. Practical details and opening hours:
http://www.la-turbie.monuments-nationaux.fr/
Photos, transcription of the Latin inscription and a translation of it into French at:
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troph%C3%A9e_des_Alpes
Written February 19, 2012
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Rebecca S
Hastings, NE62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Went to Monaco from Nice purely to get up to see this monument. Very easy to get up to La Turbie as you just take the #11 bus from the tourist office in Monaco. Just buy tickets on the bus as the tickets that you can purchase at the station in Monaco are for Monaco buses only and do not work on buses outside of the country.
Easy ride up to La Turbie and you can even see the monument from the bus. There are two entrances to the site in the summer and only one in fall and winter months. I would recommend the lower entrance as there is a small shop where you can get postcards. The view is excellent on the south side of property and you can see down into Monaco and out to the sea. The museum is small but does a good job explaining the origin of the monument itself and also the reconstruction of the monument. Would definitely recommend this site to anyone!
Written July 20, 2017
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Andrew C
Haslemere, UK324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
I've lived on and off on the Cote d'Azur since 2001, and never made the journey up to La Turbie and these stunning Roman ruins. The contrast between ancient and modern is truly memorable as you stand on 2,000 year-old ramparts, gazing down at the glitz (and kitch) of Monaco. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles in all directions. A memorable day out which we shall certainly repeat.
Written April 4, 2017
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R G
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
If you take public trans from Nice, take the tram to Pont Michel and go to the bus stop for #T66. Note that there are three bus stops in the general area all called "Pont Michel" - choose the one nestled between some high rise apartments closest to the mountains (right hand side, across the street, far corner when you exit tram). Wasted an hour waiting at the wrong stop only to find out that the bus only runs on Sundays to La Turbie during off season. Never made it to the site - gave it three stars as not to skew the average.
Written November 28, 2013
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mrcerec
Farnborough, UK44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
2 adults, 2 under 18s 11 euros including guided tour. Guided tours are, as far as I remember, on the hour 10, 11, 3, 4, 5 . Ie only 5 a day. Get there 10 mins early if you are entering by the bottom gate as tours start at the monument at the top. Near the bottom gate are spectacular views of Monaco, worth the detour alone!
Written August 3, 2013
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