Top Travel Tip: l’Opéra de Nice

Today’s Tip: Nice Opera House

With the miles of beaches, dozens of museums and endless restaurants to offer, going to the opera isn’t the first thing you might think of when imagining a visit to Nice.  It should be.

Rainy day at the opera

Located in Nice’s old city just steps from the sea front, the gorgeous opera house is a historical landmark.  It was designed by French architects Francois Aune in and Charles gold and Garnier and built in 1882.

The grand exterior pales in comparison to the sumptuous decorations inside.  The theater has the three beautiful tiers of of boxes each adorned with red velvet curtains, lamps and mirrors on the walls.

The banquet seats in the stalls are also covered with thick red velvet and the room is covered golden hued frescoes on the ceiling and walls with a giant crystal chandelier hanging above.

nosebleed seats at the opera

The performances range from opera in the winter, to ballet in the summer, with chamber music and symphonies all year.

Nosebleed seats start at just €12 (€5 with a student id) so even if you aren’t an aficionado, it’s worth the ticket price just to sit in the grand theater.

Nice opera map

[4-6, Rue Saint Francois de Paule +33 (0) 4 9217 4000]

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