Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Palais Lascaris, Nice


One of the real hidden gems, tucked away in the heart of the Old Town in Nice on the Rue Droite, is the Palais Lascaris. I discovered it just twenty minutes before closing, and thus had the whole Palace to myself to wander and explore on a magical tour as dusk was drawing down...

                                     

It is a wonderful 17th century baroque palace full of stucco work, sculptures, frescoes, religious paintings, trompe l'oeil ceilings, including one by Carlone in the main salon......


In addition there is a beautifully displayed collection of musical instruments including a painted harpsichord.....


Next you will find rooms full of Flemish tapestries and four poster beds - all in such a wonderful excess of luxury and ornament....


On the ground floor there is also an 18th Century pharmacy.....


The Palais Lascaris is open from 10am - 6pm from Wednesday to Monday and is free unless you want to go on the guided visit at 3pm on Fridays for 3 Euros....Enjoy!!

12 comments:

French Girl in Seattle said...

I was there last August. The apartment I rented was a few streets away in the Old Nice. It is quite an amazing place. I loved going up and down the stairs (they were impressive) and stared at the old pharmacy for a while... Thank you for the memories. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Sylvia K said...

That looks fantastic! Would love to visit there! Thanks for your great captures, Catherine, they're the next best thing to being there! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

louciao said...

Wow! A fantastic 20 minute tour! A bit like speed dating. Not that I've done that.

Malyss said...

Haha, I wanted to take you there next saturday!I'm glad you enjoyed the visit anyway, that's a very special place.

Catherine said...

am very happy to return Malyss as it was a speed tour....

Jenny Woolf said...

Amazing looking place, and I have never heard of it before. I can't help wondering how the musical instruments will react to the climate - I suppose they're used to it but it gets pretty hot in the summer. I wonder if they are in playable order.

Catherine said...

Thanks for your comments - much appreciated.....

Catherine said...

Thanks for your comments - much appreciated.....

Peter said...

I have visited Nice tens of times (mostly professionally) and missed this one! I feel it's more and more time to head for the south, not only because of the weather! :-)

Catherine said...

It is a must visit next time you are here Peter.....

Céline said...

Mrs,
As I was looking for information about Palais Lascaris, in Nice, I found your blog.
From now on, I am going to read your comments and look at your superb pictures.
Thank you for sharing,

Céline

Luh McDevitt said...

Photos are great. I was there a few weeks ago, but our guide would not allow us to take any photos. Wonderful to see yours here. I like your blog. I was born in the states but moved to Cozumel, Mexico 12 years ago.