Your jaw will drop in front of the magnificent view of the Mediterranean. Eze is a charming medieval village perched on a hill, built like an eagle’s nest with its exotic garden hanging from the ruins of the castle at an altitude of 400 m. Shoppers will delight in the many local perfumeries shops and art galleries. You will enjoy strolling in its small narrow cobbled streets lined with small cafes and restaurants, its vaulted passages, and its beautiful flowered houses. It’s fantastic!
Then we will take the direction of Grande Corniche towards the village of La Turbie renowned for its trophy of the Alps a commemorative Roman monument dating from 7-6 BC. And only a few hundred yards away you will love the most beautiful photos stop over 3 countries Italy, Monaco and the entire French Riviera.
Afterwards we will go back inland to visit this typical 11th century village of Peille located at over 600 meters above sea level, with its medieval stone houses piled on a steep hill and surrounded by wooded hills. You will discover medieval chapels, a 13th century church, the palace Lascaris built in the 17th century, its old cobblestone streets, his old arcaded doors , Gothic fountains and an old castle… This village is off the beaten track is one of the best preserved villages of the Middle Ages in our region, you will be amazed by the beauty of this place at each street you walk down and every corner you turn will hold new surprises!!
We will continue our journey to the village of Sainte-Agnès at 11 km away, through a dramatic mountain road lined with forests and surprising cliffs. This village is reputed for being the highest coastal village in Europe (800 meters above sea level) you will enjoy its breathtaking panorama of the Mediterranean Sea, these medieval streets the remains of a castle dominating the village, and its medieval garden nestling behind the ramparts, not forgetting its Fort south bastion of the famous Maginot Line which attracts the passionate of military history.
Drive along the famous promenade des Anglais and reach the Castle Hill where the Greeks lived 2600 years ago, enjoy its gardens and the waterfall and a breathtaking view over the city of Nice. Photo stop at the largest Russian cathedral in Europe outside of Russia and arrive in Cimiez, see the Queen Victoria winter palace, a monastery built in the 9th century surrounded by a garden of Italian style, the tomb of the painter Henri Matisse, the Roman Arena built in the 2nd century , and the remains of the ancient Roman city.
The French and Italian Riviera in one holiday may sound decadent, but the Italian border is only 40 minutes from Nice so it would be a shame not to indulge ! Most visitors head to Ventimiglia or San Remo to see the basic markets, but they generally miss the Italian Riviera’s true gems.
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