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Cimiez, is the sophisticated and residential part of Nice filled with elegant villas from the Belle Epoque, fashionable apartments and sumptuous gardens where you will be immersed in the local lifestyle. It was chosen by Queen Victoria as her favourite summer residence. Originally settled by the Romans to overlook the Greek trading port at the base of the hill, Cimiez was called Cemelenum meaning "hill top" and the ruins of its amphitheatre and baths are at your doorstep.
There are many attractions that are conveniently situated close together, and all are free. You will find the Matisse Museum and his grave site housed in a 17th century Genoese style house, the Franciscan Monastery and Church and all across the street from the apartment.
You can enjoy the Arenes park where locals play "petanque', perhaps the sport that is closest to French hearts with a glass of 'pastis' at hand, and its floral garden which is a favorite hangout of Nice locals, overlooking the city of Nice and the beach. The amphitheater, the prestigious venue for traditional festivals is the site of the Nice Jazz Festival, held every July where thousands of international visitors listen to top performers.
This charming and spacious apartment measuring 52 sq metres is in a listed building, on the 1st floor, reached by a wide marble staircase. It has 11 ft ceilings and intricate mouldings with original parquet floors. There are two private balconies, one facing the archaeological site and the other overlooking Belle Epoque villas and a private garden. It is a great place from which to visit other sites around Nice, and has easily available off-street parking.
The large bedroom furnished with taste, has a balcony that overlooks palm, cypress and olive trees. The recently renovated marble bathroom, large in size, comes with a traditional Porcher bathtub. The spacious living/dining area with French shutters and windows, leads to a second balcony overlooking varied greenery and Belle Epoque mansions and is private, quiet and bright. The kitchen comes equipped for gourmet cooking or for a quick meal.
You will be surprised by how everything you prepare tastes so good in Nice, as the produce itself is particularly fresh and tasty. A few blocks away, you have a well stocked supermarket with numerous gourmet products and a great selection of wines, the local boulangerie and patisserie which makes one of the best tartines in Nice, fresh bread and croissants and an excellent boucherie/charcuterie with a nice view of Nice.
You can take a leisurely walk to Place Massena, Old Nice and the Promenade, some shorter than others or take a short bus ride. If you have a car you can park for free at the City Centre for the 1st hour and then continue to explore all the nearby towns on the coast and the back country or take the bus for 1 Euro along the coast. Nothing is far in and around Nice; Monaco is 40 minutes away, Cap Ferrat 20 minutes, Cannes 30 minutes.
The apartment is equipped with the following:
Fax, scanner machine
HD LED Sony TV with international channels
Marantz surround system
Weekly cleaning service for longer stays
After the hustle and bustle of Nice Ville, you will appreciate the change in pace amidst a beautiful historical setting where you can enjoy the wonderful local wines from the Bellet region in your private garden, listen to the bells from the Monastery and walk around and enjoy the remarkable architecture that surrounds this upscale and residential neighbourhood.