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Cimiez Arena and Gardens, Nice

Parkland are with centenary olive trees and Roman ruins

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A lovely 3 hectares park in Nice, very close to the Matisse Museum and the Cimiez Monastery, with ancient olive trees.

Great for picnics and Sunday walks, it is also the site of a number of Roman arenas and amphitheatres as well as an archaeological museum. These Roman ruins can be visited for free.

In May, it is the location for the annual Nice Jazz Festival.

Visitor comments

  • "We enjoyed watching the groups of people playing boule and the families out enjoying themselves in the park. While walking, a local man came up to us and asked if we had seen the Rose Garden near the monastery. We climbed the steps at the edge of the park and found the garden, which had stunning views over the city." - Trip Advisor
  • "We spent 3 hours here just watching around, take a short nap or reading our books. It's a very calm place were many locals just pass by. Far away from other touristy places you can relax and soak up some sun. And the grass is definitely more comfortable then the stones on the beach ;)" - Trip Advisor
  • "After visiting the Monastere Cimiez, I walked through this park to get to the Matisse Museum. Before entering, I noticed some people playing petanque (boules) so sat on one of the benches and watched for a bit. There were a lot of olive trees on the way in, and at the other end were the remains of a Roman amphitheatre. The Archaeological museum was abutted by this park as well. Do all of these for a few interesting hours of your day." - Trip Advisor


Map of the surrounding area