Villefranche is considered a suburb of Nice—but don't let that word conjure up images of boring cul-de-sacs, because this small village has character. Start your visit here by exploring the Old Town, dropping into the quixotic Chapelle Saint Pierre, and taking a stroll through Rue Obscure ("the Dark Road"—an ancient street surrounded by buildings on both sides and overhead). The harbor, La Darse, boasts several small eateries for dining and wining, in addition to being a historic port that was once the city's lifeblood. If soaking in some sun is your goal, Plage des Marinieres is the place for you. It is possible to walk to Villefranche from Nice in about an hour; a regional TER train will get you there within 20 minutes or less and only cost you about €4 round trip; or buses number 81 or 100 will take you there.
This delightful example of 16th Italian baroque influence stands amid a bustling pedestrianized... Read more