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Citadel St. Elmo

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
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Worth a visit

The entrance is quite impressive. Inside this citadel is now the town hall and there are several... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand
Citadel St. Elmo

This is an amazing structure that dates back to the 1550. It might have been a strong defence... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2017
Della G
Coquitlam, Canada
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

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Reviewed November 14, 2017

The entrance is quite impressive. Inside this citadel is now the town hall and there are several art galleries in the complex.

Thank roaming_kiwi58
Reviewed October 27, 2017

This is an amazing structure that dates back to the 1550. It might have been a strong defence fortress at one point but now it houses four wonderful museums inside. We did not know what to expect when we walked through the portals but there...More

Thank Della G
Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely walk round the citadel. Well worth visiting. Great views over the sea and village. And it’s free!

Thank JMBFDublin
Reviewed September 28, 2017

There are mainly two ways to reach this impressive fortification, adjacent to Villefranche sur Mer. One is to use the local bus (number 100) from Nice Port and walk back up to the Citadel. The other is to use the Hop On, Hop Off Tour...More

Thank Bruce W
Reviewed September 19, 2017

Didn't know what was behind the old walls, went to the Citadel be recommendation from one of the locals, spent several hours there. Absolute must when visiting Villefranche-sur-mer! The Citadel dates back to 15th century and hosts the City Hall, a beautiful garden with spectacular...More

1  Thank Elena W
Reviewed July 20, 2017

Visited on a very hot July day to find some welcome shade and cool. Free to visit and easily accessed up a short slope from the harbour. Can also walk around the lower outer walls, which are adjacent to the harbour itself. 16th century history...More

1  Thank OutnAbout007
Reviewed July 18, 2017

Not only do you get to tour the gardens and building with a breathtaking view of the bay but the whole experience is free. It was only on my second visit did I find the caves with an amazing collection of sculptures.

Thank Auntiesontour
Reviewed July 6, 2017

Citadel St. Elmo in Cote D'Azur France was built in the 16th century to protect Nice from coastal invaders. This listed historic building is now home to the Volti, Goetz-Boumeester and Roux Museums. With its exceptional character, it overlooks one of the world's most beautiful...More

1  Thank chickandbeast
Reviewed June 16, 2017

The Citadel has an interesting history. It also houses 4 separate museums/art galleries. Lovely gardens to mooch around. Saw a banana tree in the garden! Great place to escape the midday sun, lots of cool stone. No cafe here but there are toilets. Immerse yourself...More

Thank Victoria B
Reviewed June 7, 2017

Citadel St. Elmo, a spur of the moment visit - a hidden gem with at least 4 different art museums (all free admission) and flower gardens within. Beautifully quiet with amazing views of the bay. It was refreshing to quietly stroll and take it all...More

1  Thank Sandy T
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May 15, 2017|
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Response from ChasAndre | Reviewed this property |
You can take the bus #100, or the train. The bus is a good option from Nice to Villefranche, but going back to Nice it can be very packed with people coming back from Menton/Monaco, and might even just drive right by if... More