Close to our hotel in Nice
Considered the crown jewel of Nice, Place Masséna is known for the beauty of its red buildings with their arcades and its views of the nearby hills. The city’s hub and the main site of the carnival, it was built in the 1840s under the direction of the Consiglio d'Ornato development group, and has since seen numerous transformations, the latest dating back to the 2000s. Today, it consists of an esplanade that is almost entirely pedestrian, featuring the superb Fontaine du Soleil (Sun Fountain) with its imposing statue of Apollo and creations by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa: seven sculptures of men perched ten metres above the ground, which represent the seven continents and light up in different colours at night.
Place Masséna isn’t the only monument in the city to honour the illustrious André Masséna, a Napoleonic marshal from Nice. His name is also associated with the superb Villa de la Belle Époque on the Promenade des Anglais, which was built between 1898 and 1901 and houses the Masséna Museum. This museum focuses houses historical items like Napoleon’s death mask and his wife Josephine’s tiara as well as art including works by 19th century landscape artists and sculptures. The Villa also features magnificent interior design, furniture and ornaments from the Napoleonic era. Before you leave the Masséna Museum, don’t forget to explore the paths through its lovely garden abutting the Negresco building.