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Citadelle de Villefranche, Villefranche-sur-Mer

Ancient citadel built to defend a medieval town

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The citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer looms over the old town; it is open to the public and has a number of interesting features.

Built in 1557, the citadel now houses the Town Hall, a convention centre, three museums and an open-air theatre.

Also within the old stone walls is a collection of bronze and copper sculptures by the artist Volti.

Visitor comments

  • "You can easily spend an hour or two wandering around looking at the interesting sculptures, art gallery, views and various other interesting places within the citadel. Definitely worth a visit if in the area." - Trip Advisor
  • "We love this imposing structure and its repurposed use. The sculptures and garden are beautiful. The views,stunning! It would be wonderful to attend the outdoor concerts there in season.Very much worth a visit." - Trip Advisor
  • "This is a 16th century fortress that overlooks (protected in older days) the harbor. Free to walk around and houses a couple of museums (fee) and shops. Old canons still in place. Worth seeing if you are in town." - Trip Advisor

When to come

Regular guided tours are run by the tourist office. It is open 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:30 from October to May, and 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-18:30 from June to September. Closed on Sunday morning and November.

How to get passes

Most of the citadel is free to enter, except for when there are concerts or special exhibitions.


Map of the surrounding area