Nice, France

General Information

Regional secretariat

Administrative status

Capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on the Côte d'Azur

Nice, Winter Resort Town of the Riviera

Registration Year


Historical function

Reflects the diverse cultural influences of the winter residents from the middle of the 18th century

Location and site

The Mediterranean city Nice, near the Italian border, bears witness to the evolution of the winter climatic resort due to the city’s mild climate and seaside location at the foot of the Alps. From the middle of the 18th century, Nice attracted an increasing number of aristocratic and upper-class families, mainly British, who took to spending their winters there. In 1832, Nice, then part of the Kingdom of Savoy-Piedmont-Sardinia, adopted a regulatory urban plan aiming to make it attractive to foreigners. Shortly thereafter, the Camin dei Inglesi, a modest 2-metre wide path along the sea shore, was expanded to become a prestigious promenade, known as the Promenade des Anglais after the city was ceded to France in 1860. Over the next century, an increasing number of winter residents from other countries, notably Russia, flocked to the city driving successive phases of development of new areas next to the old medieval town. The diverse cultural influences of the winter residents and the desire to make the most of the climatic conditions and scenery of the place, shaped the urban planning and eclectic architectural styles of those areas, contributing to the city’s renown as a cosmopolitan winter resort.



M. Christian Estrosi

Ville de Nice

Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville
Nice cedex 4, France

+33 4 97 13 20 20
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M. Jean-Jacques Aillagon

Mission Nice Patrimoine Mondial
Mairie de Nice

Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville
Nice Cedex 4, France

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M. Stéphane Morabito

Directeur du Patrimoine Historique, Archéologie et Archives
Ville de NiceVille de Nice / Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur

Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville
Nice cedex 4, France

+33 4 92 19 23 75
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