A trail that takes visitors on a journey through our unparalleled architectural heritage via 80 of the most spectacular religious and civil monuments from the late 16th to early 18th century.
The Baroque period left the region with a unique cultural identity in a testimony to its vibrant, flourishing society.
The fruit of a partnership between the Alpes-Maritimes General Council and Italy's Province of Imperia, the Route du Baroque covers twenty-odd municipalities in the Alpes-Maritimes département, and around twenty or so partner Italian towns. In the County of Nice, it stretches up into the Vésubie, Tinée and Roya valleys. On the coast, it hugs the Route des Trois Corniches that extends from Nice to Menton, cutting across Villefranche-sur-Mer, Eze and La Turbie. Nice's old town is packed full of Baroque gems. Guides offer premium tours in each and every town and village. Activities and events (music, theatre, exhibitions) are held throughout the summer season.
Most of the "Route du Baroque Nisso – Ligure" sites are accessible by train. For information, contact the SNCF train station: 36 35 (if calling from outside France: + (00) 33 8 92 35 35 35). All itineraries can be mixed and matched and enjoyed over the course of several days.
In times gone by and the present day, the Côte d’Azur has drawn in crowds of artists, some of whom feature among the greats. They often stop off here on their way to somewhere else, and once captivated by the region's charms, find renewed inspiration before settling here and using it as a base from which to create their masterpieces.
Henri Matisse is the best example of this phenomenon. In 1917, he travelled to Nice in a bid to cure his bronchitis. Here, he discovered the "sweeping, colourful reflections and the luminosity of daylight". Utterly enthralled, he remained here for the rest of his life.
Set off in Matisse's footsteps and uncover the locations that inspired him - sites that are still as appealing as ever.
From Vence to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat via Cagnes-sur-Mer and Nice, this itinerary is a gateway to discovering the art of living that lies at the very heart of the Nice Côte d’Azur region.
Admire Biot's master glassmakers, veritable internationally-renowned alchemists who play with all the colours of the rainbow with pinches of chrome, cobalt and copper, showcasing traditional and contemporary collections to the delight of the public.
Find out more (www.visit-biot.com/discover/handicrafters-studios/crafters-open-daily/glass-makers)
Breathe in clouds of floral scent with a free tour of the atelier museums in Grasse or Eze village. Every factory offers introductory classes to perfume-making, allowing fragrance lovers to create their very own eau de toilette with the help of a professional 'nose'.
Find out more (www.grassetourisme.fr/flowers-perfumes)
- Pottery and Ceramics
Stretching and smoothing their clay as it spins around the wheel, the potters of Vallauris and Golfe-Juan bring shapes to life with a perfection that belies their hand-crafted nature.
Find out more (www.vallauris-golfe-juan.fr/-A-village-of-ceramic-tradition-.html)
And equally as unmissable:
- leather work in Eze
- tin and metal in Valbonne
- jewellery in Cagnes sur Mer
- santons in Coursegoules, Breil sur Roya or Cabri
- stained glass work in Théoule …
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