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Private Nice Old Town And The Rothschild Foundation

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Discover two of the treasures of the French Riviera during this scenic tour of the Rothschild Foundation and The Old Town of Nice.

Private Nice Old Town and the Rothschild Foundation

Discover two of the treasures of the French Riviera during this scenic tour of the Rothschild Foundation and The Old Town of Nice.

Departing from the pier, drive to the Old Town of Nice. You will begin your walking tour of the Old Town on the Cours Saleya, home several mornings each week to the famous cut flower market. Later in the day, its sidewalk cafes are filled with locals and tourists alike, soaking up the sun and life. Wander through the maze of narrow streets full of little shops and bistros, Baroque churches and mansions. At the end of your walking tour, there will be some free time for shopping or lunch on your own.

From Nice, you will drive along the Corniche to the exclusive Cap Ferrat peninsula, where you will visit the Rothschild Foundation. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a seaside palazzo constructed in 1912 by the Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild. A member of the Rothschild banking family and the wife of the wealthy Russian banker Baron de Ephrussi, Beatrice de Rothschild built her rose-colored villa on a promontory on the isthmus of Cap Ferrat. The baroness filled the mansion with antique furniture, old master paintings, sculptures and objects d'art, and assembled an extensive collection of rare porcelain. On her death in 1934, the Baroness gifted the property and its collections to the Academie des Beaux-Arts. Today, several of the main floor rooms and salons are open for you to admire. Here you will see furniture from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the 18th century, which was the baroness's favorite period. You will also be able to view pieces from her outstanding collection of French and German porcelain from Sevres, Vincennes, and Meissen.

The gardens are classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France. There are nine gardens, each with a different theme: Florentine, Spanish, French, exotic, a stone garden, a Japanese garden, a rose garden, Provencal and a garden de Sevres, with porcelain decorations. The garden was conceived in the form of a ship, to be viewed from the loggia of the house, which was like the bridge of a vessel, with the sea visible on all sides. It was inspired by a voyage she made on the liner le de France, and the villa was given that name. The thirty gardeners who maintained the garden were dressed as sailors, with berets with red pom poms. You will have free time after the house tour to explore the gardens on your own. This will be followed by the return trip to the pier.

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from $219.00 (USD)
Per Person
 
Tour Type
Private
 
Group Size
Private
 
Activity Type(s)
Scenic, Cultural
 
Tour Duration
8 Hours
 
Activity Level
Moderate
 
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Tender Pier
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
 
Special Instructions
Comfortable clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
 
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk over 2 miles on paved and cobblestone surfaces. To reach the top of the Old Town, participants must be able to climb inclined streets and steps. The gardens at the foundation are on many levels and require climbing steps to reach. This tour is not wheelchair accessible, and is not recommended for people who use walkers or canes. Children ages 2 and younger may attend the tour free of charge.
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