Palais Lascaris

A magnificent collection of musical instruments housed in a stunning Baroque palace.

TravelCurious Tip

Don’t miss the fascinating apothecary on the ground floor, transferred here from Besançon in 1738.

Nobles of Nice

Palais Lascaris was built in the 17th century for Niçois aristocrats the Lascaris-Ventimiglia family. It suffered significant damage after the Revolution; in 1942, it was purchased by the city of Nice, and restoration work began.

Today, it is one of the most remarkable surviving works of Baroque architecture in Nice, comprising all its phases from the 17th through the 18th century. A monumental vaulted central staircase is decorated with frescoes, leading off to luxurious ceremonial rooms with mythological scenes on frescoed ceilings, gilt stucco Rococo moulding, and tapestries, sculptures and objets d’art. It’s an opulent relic of aristocratic decadence and glamour.

Baroque and roll

If musical instruments are your thing, this is the place to go. After Paris’s Musée de la Villette, it houses the most important collection in the country. Its 500-plus instruments are in large part the legacy of the 19th century Niçois collector Antoine Gautier.

His bequest includes many important early pieces, such as rare 17th century Baroque guitars, a bass violin, and a 1581 tenor sackbut. The palace is a dream for anyone interested in the exaggerated aesthetic grandeur of the period.

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Nice Old Town
Vieux Nice is the city’s picturesque Italianate district, with flower and food markets, narrow streets and piazzettas.
Le Cours Saleya
A busy and beautiful open-air market in the heart of Nice’s Old Town.
Opéra de Nice
Nice’s opera house is one of the most spectacular buildings in the city, and hosts world-class classical concerts.
Cathedrale Sainte Reparate
Nice's cathedral is one of the city's architectural gems, honouring its patron saint.
Chapelle de la Miséricorde
Chapelle de la Miséricorde is a beautiful Baroque church inside and out, dating from the mid-18th century.
Place du Palais de Justice
At the heart of Vieux Nice, Place du Palais de Justice is a wonderful display of the city's Neoclassical heritage.

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Discover Nice’s Old Town, by wandering the many colourful lanes and marketplaces accompanied by your expert local guide. This Italian-influenced district offers a distinctive Mediterranean flavour, complete with tall pastel buildings and long lines of washing stretching from window to window.  

During your tour you will explore the elegant square Masséna, see the many quaint boutique stores, the Opera de Nice, and the Palace Square, home to the stunning Palace of Justice. On the colorful Saleya Square, you will have time to enjoy the famous flower market stalls and some of the many local delicacies on offer.

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