There are two sides to the Côte d’Azur. The first is the world of glitz and glamour, La Croisette in Cannes, Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The second is harder to find, made of secret beaches, fragrant cliff walks, authentic Provençal cuisine that looks back to to the days – mid 19th century and earlier – when the Riviera was based on a purely agricultural and fishing economy. Tourism arrived in the late 1800s with the railways and the earliest aristocratic tourists, who later began to settle, building their Art Deco villas in superb coastal locations. It seems incredible today that when St. Tropez appeared in the movie And God Created Woman, it was still a quiet fishing village. The Cannes Film Festival, first held in 1946, did a lot to bring the region into the international public’s eye.
Boggi Milano store
We at Boggi Milano are proud to be part of the beautiful city of Nice, with a superb 400-square-metre store in a privileged position close to the sea, right opposite the Albert 1er gardens, on the luxury shopping stree Avenue de Verdun and a short walk from the iconic Place Massena. Open from Monday to Saturday, 10am-7.30pm, Sunday 10am-1pm, 2.30pm-7.30pm. Click here for the Boggi Milano store locator.
16 Avenue de Verdun
Tel. +33 (0)4 93 55 15 30
A Boggi Milano look for Nice
With its 15 private and 20 public beaches, Nice is the quintessential Côte d’Azur bathing resort, and so a look in full-on holiday mode fits to perfection. Floral print motifs are one of the most significant menswear trends in the Spring-Summer 2019 season, and in this look, the shirt features a pattern that we have chosen as the exclusive print motif for the collection, with coloured flowers on a navy background (BO19P076501). The look is completed by a pair of navy Bermuda shorts, a navy blue suede belt, and a pair of navy suede espadrilles. A pair of Boggi Milano sunglasses and a canvas weekender are accessories that enhance the overall style.
Unmissable sights in and near Nice
1. The old town
The narrow alleys of Nice’s Old Town have a charm reminiscent of Italian cities, with lots of bakeries, cheese shops, antiques shops, restaurants and cafés, catering for locals and not purely for tourists. Highlights include Place Garibaldi and Place Rossetti, where you can enjoy ice-cream, pizza and local culinary specialities. Most of the Old Town is pedestrianized.
2. Parc de la Colline du Château
The walk up through this park provides great views over Baie des Anges, the Old Town and the harbour. You can take the Escale Lesage from Quai des Etats-Unis, or a lift from Piazza Garibaldi. It is open from 8am to the early evening, 6, 7 or 8 pm according to the time of year. There is no castle (château) in the park, because it was destroyed in 1706 by King Louis XIV after it had been captured by French troops the year before.
Entrance from rue Ségurane, Place Guynemer, Quai Rauba-Capéu (where there is also a lift), rue Rossetti, rue Providence, rue Sainte Claire, rue du Château.
3. Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain
This large modern and contemporary art museum on several floors presents European and American avant-garde works from the 1950s to the present. Highlights include Christo, Niki de Saint Phalle and Yves Klein. A very attractive feature is the rooftop terrace, that provides exceptional views over Nice. From 1 November to 30 April, open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm, Monday closed. From 2 May to 31 October, open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm, Monday closed. Closed on 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December.
Place Yves Klein
Tel. +33 (0)4 97 13 42 01
4. Nice Opera House
The Opéra Nice Cote d’Azur is a spectacular late 19th-century opera house in Italian style, with spectacular interiors replete in red velvet, gold and cream-coloured plaster. Visibility is good from most of the seats, acoustics excellent.
4 rue Saint Francois de Paule
Tel. +33 (0)4 92 17 40 79
5. Fruit, vegetable and seafood market, Cours Saleya
At this market you can browse the agricultural produce arriving from all over Provence. Try the street food specialities panisse and socca, made from fried chickpea flour batter.
6. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
This villa on the Cap-Ferrat peninsula 10 kilometres from Nice is a remarkable piece of garden landscape. It was built by Béatrice de Rothschild, who inherited a vast fortune from her father in 1905 and decided to build her dream home on Cap Ferrat, at the time a lonely, rocky peninsula. She spared no expense, constructing a Venetian-style villa and creating a large garden, bringing in large quantities of earth to relevel the grounds. In order to perfect the design, she asked her staff to make fake trees in green cardboard that they could wear so that she could manoeuvre them around the gardens to get an idea of the effect. In total there are nine gardens, on different themes, Florentine, Spanish, French, Japanese and so forth. The entire peninsula was designed to evoke a giant ship, on which the villa represents the bridge. Her 30 gardeners were dressed as sailors, complete with berets furnished with red pom-poms. She furnished the villa with artworks, and she made this eclectic location her winter residence up until 1933 when she bequeathed the structure and its collections to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Today it is an interesting visit, easily accessible by car or public transport (bus 81 towards Port de Saint Jean, get off at Plage de Passable/Rothschild). There is a café for snacks and lunch, and the gardens offer stunning views as well as many plants and musical fountains. We recommend downloading the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild app (AppStore and Google Play) which includes a one-and-a-half hour audio tour that you can use while you are there. Garden enthusiasts will love the visit, but it is an absolute highlight of the Côte d’Azur and so it is not to be missed. Open every day, 10am-6pm, open until 7pm in July and August. From November to January, open afternoons only, 2pm-6pm, from Monday to Friday, open 10am-6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Tel. +33 (0)4 93 01 33 09
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a seaside town just east of Nice with wide pebble-and-sand beaches, few people, and a lovely medieval town centre. Ideal if you want to get away from the crowds. The town is a ten-minute bus ride from Nice, and the beach is a ten-minute walk from the town centre.