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Cimiez is an historic neighborhood in Nice, built on a hill and home to an ancient Roman city, "Cemenelum". Remains from that period are still present and can be admired in the Nice-Cimiez Archeology Museum, located on the site of the ancient city, amidst arenas and thermal bath establishments dating from the 3rd century.
Known to be a high-class residential area, Cimiez also hosts remarkable sights and monuments: the Roman ruins, to start with, and an amphitheater that hosts the Nice Jazz Festival every year, as well as the Matisse Museum, set up in the splendid Villa of the Arenas.
From the Palais de la Méditerranée, you can reach the Roman city by the Boulevard de Cimiez, the district's major thoroughfare. On the hilltop, the former Regina Palace was home to Henri Matisse, who owned two apartments. On the grounds of this hotel, which offers luxurious accommodations, one can admire the monument to Queen Victoria, a beautiful sculpture of white marble erected in 1912 in honor of the queen, who contributed greatly to the district's fame. Nearby is the Cimiez monastery, founded by the Benedictine monks in the 9th century and taken over by the Franciscans in the 16th century. The gardens comprise superb mounds of flowers and offer a splendid panorama of Nice and the sea.