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Visit of Cimiez in 1 hour

1 hour

Cimiez is one of the most beautiful areas of Nice, formerly the ancient city of Cemenelum, capital of the province of Alpes Maritimae, we still find today the amphitheater, three complete thermal complexes, streets, and a network of sewers. 

This hill was not only appreciated by the Roman but also by the English aristocracy including Queen Victoria.

Cimiez is one of the most beautiful areas of Nice, formerly the Gallo Roman city of Cemenelum, capital of the province of Maritimae Alps, it owes its title mainly to the fact that it is served by an important Roman road, the Via Julia Augusta which made it possible to connect Rome to the south of France

Today we still find the amphitheater, three complete spas, streets, a network of sewers, but the best preserved building remains the baths of magistrates

This hill was not only appreciated by the Roman but also by the English aristocracy, great inventors of tourism, they made Nice one of the first seaside resorts of the French Riviera. On the hill were built many palace hotels, the most beautiful of all is the Hotel Regina, one of the jewels of the Belle Époque that was erected for Queen Victoria who came to spend all her winters in Nice.

Today the hill of Cimiez remains a very popular place of Nice especially for the many traditional festivals such as the Festival of May or the Festival of Cougourdons. For some time there was the Nice Jazz festival in the gardens of the Cimiez arenas. This district remains today a place of rest and linked to the traditions of Nice.

Points of interest

  • The Roman Baths
  • The Arenas of Cimiez
  • Matisse’s Museum
  • Regina Hotel
  • The Monastery and its Garden
  • Panorama of Nice

How to get there?

You can take the bus line 5 and get off at the Matisse museum stop

What should I bring?

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • English
  • French




  • 10 am
  • 11:15 am
  • 12:30 pm
  • 1:45 pm
  • 3 pm
  • 4:15 pm
  • 5:30 pm
  • 6:45 pm



The tour will begin at the foot of the tower on the left side of the Regina Hotel, one of the great witnesses of the English aristocrats’ infatuation with the French Riviera, 

Then we will join the arenas of Cimiez, one of the smallest arenas in France to continue towards a magnificent Genoese Villa in the colors of Nice, today known to be the museum of the famous Henri Matisse great figure of the twentieth century and head of thread of fauvism.

We will then stroll through the gardens of the Cimiez Arena, an olive grove very appreciated by Nice especially for its many traditional Nice festivals such as the Fête des Mai or the Fête des Cougourdons. 

We will make a stop to admire the ruins of the ancient Gallo-Roman city of Cemenelum, once the capital of the Roman province of the Maritime Alps.

Then head to the monastery of Cimiez built by the Benedictines in the ninth century, a monastery well known in Nice for its garden built by the Romans in the 1st century, which makes it the oldest garden of the French Riviera, it also offers a superb panorama of the city.

We find ourselves at the foot of the large tower of the Hotel Regina.

What happens in case of bad weather or bad conditions to practice the activity?

The activity will be maintained unless the weather conditions can adversely affect the safety of customers.

I booked for a bad day. Can I change it?

Any changes or cancellations are possible 24 hours before the start of the service, under the 24 hours allowed the cancellation will not be refunded.

How do I cancel or change?

All cancellations must be made in writing to, clearly indicating the visit in question, the person who made the booking and the reason for the cancellation.

What happens if the guide cancels?

In case of cancellation by Esplouratour, you can be refunded in full the price of the visit or move the canceled visit on another date.

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