Health first

When one thinks of Nice, they usually think of summertime, the beaches, the casinos, the celebrities, but none of this mattered prior to WWI. Tourists came to Nice for health reasons first, and then because it had become the winter gathering place of Europe’s aristocracy. Then tourism of mass came to Nice in 1864 with the railroad. A paradise on …

Eglise Saint François de Paule in Vieux Nice

Have you ever walked by the église Saint François de Paule in Vieux Nice ? Perhaps you never noticed that the façade sticks out a bit and rises far above the actual building.  That’s because the façade was plastered against the Church much later, not made at the same time. This Church founded by the mendicant Order of Minimes in …

American and Jewish tour of Nice

Discover your history in the heart of the Cote d’Azur with Via Nissa. During our American walking tour of the diverse city of Nice, we will show you the city through the lens of the Americans who came here, lived here, fought here and changed it forever.    In almost four hours, we’ll reveal how the history of America intertwines …

History was unknown until recently

One of the most surprising facts for me is the idea that history was unknown in the past. For modern thinkers, we learn chronologically, and therefore we somehow tend to think that when we look back on history, our point of view is from today backward and therefore consider others perspective to be the same. So, someone from the 18th …

La Belle Époque

At Via Nissa, not only do we provide selected intellectual visits, but we also write a lot of history, mostly on homes in the French and Italian Rivieras.  Sometimes people think historical reports concern only really old houses, such as those that go back hundreds of years.  And yes, we do that kind of report as well; old Moulins or …

New "Integrated" Tour

France integrated.  This tour focuses on offering the foreign visitor an inside look at France today, viewed from various angles.  Particularly, the objective is to expose those who are not from the French culture to understand the various flashpoints which are today current, whether that be in terms of the economy, politics, religion or the transition in the way of …

Facebook photos

  There is never a shortage on the pages of Facebook of pictures of people traveling. But when watching the content of those photos, it is surprising how few involve the locals. Most are pictures are of timeless scenarios, like the Eiffel Tower, or of the food that someone ate in a restaurant, or even empty streets. Yet it is …

The life that goes too fast….

Yesterday I was speaking with a famous travel advisor from New York and in a few minutes I was trying to explain what Via Nissa is about.  Today I wrote a quick note and part of it I will share here: Just a quick comment. You had mentioned yesterday billionaires. It isnt the billionaire that seeks Via Nissa. It is …

Hiking the South of France with Via Nissa

Have you considered hiking in the South of France?  While natural beauty can be found throughout the French and Italian rivieras, Via Nissa suggests you might want to consider two hiking trails which offer a unique historical perspective.  The first is the crossing the French – Italian border, using the same trail as todays illegal African migrants and  historically, the …

The Culinary tradition of the South of France

The South of France is famous for its gastronomique cuisine, the Mediterranean Diet and is known for using the highest quality, variety and freshest ingredients chosen from the market each day.  Via Nissa will be taking you to the source of the freshness, the vegetable gardens where the most reknown chefs  choose their produce.  This “potager” or vegetable garden, located …