Le Régina


Originally Queen Victoria’s wintering palace, this monumental edifice was subsequently converted into apartments. In the 1940s Matisse lived here, using one unit as a studio and another as his home, and it was here that the artist passed away in 1954. Visitors can admire the building from the outside while waiting for a bus downhill from the Matisse Museum.

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Nearby Nice attractions

1. Les Arènes

0.07 MILES

The scant remains of Nice's Roman amphitheatre can't compare to other ancient sites in southern France, but they do lend an atmospheric air to the park…

2. Musée Archéologique de Nice

0.09 MILES

The hodgepodge of Roman artefacts in this archaeological museum is rather ho-hum – but if you've already bought a Nice museum pass, it's worth a visit…

3. Musée Matisse

0.12 MILES

This museum, 2km north of the city centre in the leafy Cimiez quarter, houses a fascinating assortment of works by Matisse, including oil paintings,…

4. Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez

0.25 MILES

Painters Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy are buried in the cemetery of this monastery, a five-minute walk across the park from the Musée Matisse. To reach…

5. Musée National Marc Chagall

0.79 MILES

The strange, dreamlike and often unsettling work of the Belarusian painter Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is displayed at this museum, which owns the largest…

6. Gare du Sud

0.96 MILES

This cool old 19th-century railway station was originally built to provide train service from Nice into the Alps. A century later, when it was replaced by…

8. Place Garibaldi

1.35 MILES

Named for Nice-born Italian nationalist and military hero Giuseppe Garibaldi, this grand square was a military parade ground at the time of its creation…