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Place Massena
Place Massena

Place Massena

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Ranked #2 in Nice things to do
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Place Massena, Nice 06000 France
+33 8 9270 7407(Tourist Information)
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No trip to France is complete without a stop in Nice in the Riviera. During your visit, you can enjoy the lovely sense of Mediterranean atmosphere with a stroll through Place Massena, the largest and ... Read more
most popular public square in Nice. Its open air aesthetic combines beautiful fountains and well maintained gardens to create a calming, luxurious environment. The red colored buildings look amazing during twilight, giving the square a feeling that is tranquil and undeniably pleasant. Carnival celebrations create a festive atmosphere during special events, and Place Massena has convenient access to the coastline as well as major shopping centers.

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New York City

Place Masséna is one of the best starting points for exploring this beautiful city. You've got the seaside, shopping, fountains, monuments, museums, the opera and the Albert I and Massena gardens all close by.

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Nice square in Nice. Beautiful buildings and fountains. Make sure to stop by while in Nice.

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St Georges la Pouge

Perfect place to let your kids run wild in the splash park! It is free, big and highly enjoyable. A perfect break on a hot summer day after a shopping visit to Nice Old Town.

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Within ten minutes of the apartment, this park is a magnet for everyone at all times of the year. Recently renovated and extended it has water features, seating, grassy areas and playgrounds for the children. It is an oasis of peace in the heart of the city. At night the wonderful lighting makes the water features magical.

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Annecy

All visitors will visit or pass through Place Massena. This is the main central pedestrian square in Nice decorated with fountains and garden walks leading directly to the Promenade des Anglais and the sea. Many events are held in this famous square and it has become an attraction for small children in Summer wishing to cool off.

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Dublin

One of the nicest parks in Nice. The Coulée Verte with its fountains makes for a great space to hang out, read a book or enjoy some sun.

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Amsterdam

Nice is really Nice. Place Massena.
My first introduction to the Cote D'azur and Nice was in 1960. And I have been back several times and have seen how this city has changed for the good.
Nice, once an Italian city, with the name Nikia (after Nike the Greek Goddess of Victory) what can still be seen in the beautiful old Italian section of the city, its market, seafood restaurants and narrow streets and shops.
In 1861 was finally Nice French. After the discovery by the Brittse aristocracy, thinking of Promenade des Anglais (the English Promenade) Nice changed from a rather small fishing town transformed into a fashionable seaside resort.
Nice has beautiful wide avenues, excellent shopping and thriving cafes and terraces. Just walk around, take a dip or swim in the sea, visit the antiques and flower market, the harbour and relax.
Many tourists find Nice expensive, but if you pay attention and go a bit further from the sea and the promenade you will find enough cheaper shops, cafes and restaurants.
Just walk and Explore!
Tip If you want to drink beer then order a “Demi Pression” then you get a half pint French beer (Good quality Beer from the French Alsace near the German border) that Beer is many times cheaper than other foreign beer they like to serve to tourists and it’s usualy much cheaper . Would you like a glass of wine ask for by a glass red wine “Unne Verre de vin Rouge de la Maison” or by a glass white wine order a “Verre Vin Blanc de la Maison”.

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The large pedestrianised square in the centre of Nice which forms a link between the Jardin Albert I and the Promenade des Arts. Look out for the figures on top of the poles which are illuminated at night.

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Local from Nice

Just by walking through the Coulee Verte called also Promenade du Paillon, in 10 minutes you will be on the beautiful Place Massena, and the appealing shopping Avenue Jean Medecin

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Beirut

The Place Massena is a very pleasant square to visit at any time of the day, specially at night where there is entertaining street shows and enchanting portrait sketchers.

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Antwerp
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It is almost impossible to visit Nice and not walk through the Place Massena. It is on the crossroad of the main town road where all public transport comes by, and the main shopping street (mostly free of cars) that leads to the train station.

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Limbiate

The Place Massena is the heart and soul of Nice as well as its geographic center. Forming a link between cosy Old Nice and the wide boulevard Jean-Medecin, Place Massena is where Nicois gather for any important event. From open-air concerts to the Carnival to a Sunday stroll, it's an extraordinarily convivial spot with statues, fountains, benches and sculpture.
Conceived to cover the Peillon river, Place Massena was constructed from 1832 to 1850. The architect, Joseph Vernier, modelled the Italianate porticos that fringe the square on the Rue Rivoli in Paris. The Fontaine du Soleil in the center of the square, contains five bronze statues based on Greek mythology representing Earth, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Mercury. Inaugurated in 1956, the statues and the fountain were removed in 1990, only to be re-installed in 2007 with the arrival of the new tramway.
Along with the arrival of Nice's most beloved fountain, 2007 heralded a complete redesign of Place Massena. Vehicules were banned, benches arrived and the towering sculptures of the catalan artist, Jaume Plensa, arose to punctuate the square. Called "Conversation in Nice", these seven statues represent the continents and are illuminated at night.
The Place Massena extends outward to the Jardin Albert 1er, a long, tranquil garden shaded with palms, pines, flowering trees, lawns and fountains. In winter, an ice rink is installed in the center and the rest of the year roller skaters practice their moves. The gardens also contain the Theatre de Verdure, a small concert space

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Los Angeles

The heart of the city and the most famous square in Nice!

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Local from Nice

Green Places, Park, Water, Fountains.. Lovely place to visit.

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Copenhagen

The main tourist area with lots of shops, restaurants and boutiques.

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London
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