Top Facts about Nice
Nice is one of the largest resort centres in the Côte d’Azur, and attracts vacationers from all around the world. However, this luxurious-seeming city does not look like most of the other sleek, overwrought, and, therefore, fairly boring, resorts. Unique and colourful, Nice is poised to break any preconceptions you may harbour. Here are some details to illustrate the life of this city.
- Nice is located near Italy, which exerts a significant influence over it. Italian is spoken all around the city, and taught in schools alongside English. Nice also offers an exceptionally large selection of Italian dishes.
- The city was founded in the 4th century BC by the Greeks. It was called Nice to honour Nike, the goddess of victory, as people believed that she had helped them resist an attack by the Ligures.
- The number of museums in Nice is among the highest in all of France.
- Beaches here are rocky, which is why local shops sell special thick mats and beach footwear.
- Nice’s most famous Negresco Hotel has 121 rooms and 24 suites. Its beautiful pink dome was carved in the workshop of Gustave Eiffel himself, who is said to have modelled it on the bust of the woman he was in love with. During the years, the hotel was visited by Yves Montand, Albert Camus, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Catherine Deneuve, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Jackson, Charles Aznavour and many other famous people. The owner of Negresco had bequeathed both the hotel and the rest of her real estate to a charity dedicated to furthering the cause for animal rights.
- The same hotel is also famous for having one of the world’s largest carpets, which takes up an area of 375 sq. m. Some say its cost is around 10 per cent of what the entire hotel is worth. The carpet was weaved in 1615 AD.
- The city’s Phoenix Park Floral has Europe’s largest greenhouse, which hosts 2,500 different plant species.
- The Museum of Henri Matisse, displaying many of his works, is located in Nice. The painter lived in the city his whole life, and was buried here.
- Every year, in mid-February, Nice hosts a carnival that dates as far back as 1294.
- The airport of Nice is one the world’s top ten airports with fantastic vistas that can be seen during both the take-off and landing.
- The most popular type of wine in Nice is rosé. People drink it anytime and anywhere, although only chilled with ice. Salad and seafood are usually ordered to go with it.
- Nice is a city of small dogs and their owners. They can be seen everywhere – in public transport, cafés, barber’s shops, terraces. On the other hand, it’s also true that not everyone picks up after their beloved pets, so keep an eye on the ground at all times.
- Walking round the famous English Embankment, make sure to keep on the pedestrian side, as part of the embankment is designated for cyclists and skaters. This embankment was also a favourite with Queen Victoria, who sometimes came here to ride her donkey.