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.