Cimiez is best known as one of the districts within the city of Nice, but the area got its start thousands of years ago as a Roman capital. Originally founded as Cemenelum, the town existed as a major city in the Roman Empire and the ruins of its former existence can be seen today. During the late Middle Ages, Cimiez grew to have a strong religious community, serving as the home for monasteries and churches. Guests who love learning about history will thoroughly enjoy their time in this town, where they can see relics and artefacts that are truly ancient.
- Tour the Matisse Museum, a small facility dedicated to preserving the memory of French painter Henri Matisse, who spent part of his life in Nice and Cimiez.
- Visit the Archaeological Museum of Nice to see relics of Ancient Rome and then visit the nearby archaeological sites, which feature ruins from the third century B.C.
- Spend a few hours at the Franciscan Monastery and Museum, located in Cimiez, home to the town’s Old Monastery Garden.
Reaching Cimiez is simple for air travellers. The closest airport is Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, which provides transportation from several international cities, including locations in the United States and Africa. From the terminals, visitors can take the local express bus service, which connects to the city’s railway station. To reach Cimiez itself, the easiest transportation option is the public bus system, which operates several routes to the area including numbers 15, 17, and 22. Guests can simply exit at the Arenes stop or the Monastere stop and then walk to their desired location.
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