History of the Properties

Via Nissa adds the history to the properties which allow realtors to market their products to journalists, creating a buzz, publicity and higher property values. In this case, we worked with the exclusive property agent Knight Frank Riviera, a wonderful group to work with and who understands the importance that the true history can bring to the value of a …

Winetasting and lunch in Bellet

When one thinks of visiting Bellet, the wine region in Nice, one might be thinking of wine tastings – but even the enjoyment of the scenary and the taste of wine doesn’t really count as a Via Nissa Experience. In order to make your visit to Bellet unforgettable, we believe it must be far more than just tasting wine (which …

The Knights of Rhodes

Have you ever noticed this plaque, 7 rue Mascoïnat? Do you know the history that links the Knights of the Order of the Hospitallers and Old Nice? The tragic expulsion of the Jews from Rhodes? Robert Levitt goes back in time… to the 16th century. In the year 1522, a bloody siege took place of the Island of Rhodes. The …

The Visit of the Cathedrals of Nice

Via Nissa recently visited the Cathedrals of Nice.  This special visit was conducted in coordination with the Diocese of Nice and our group was given special access into churches presently closed to the public as well as areas of the churches and cathedrals which are not open to the public.  Photo Credit: Robert Flores, Mary Lynn Dwyer

Our first post lockdown visit

Today Via Nissa was back on the streets of Vieux Nice (the Old City) for the first visit experience in the city post-lockdown. The experience was unique in several ways. First, we had to follow the social distancing protocols, keeping a certain distance apart, wearing masks, keeping the number of participants under 10, requiring each participant to prove that they …

We want to take the tourism industry to another level.

At Via Nissa, Robert Levitt wants to take tourism to another level. The former global hedge fund manager who used to travel the world looking for insight on how the world was adjusting to globalization and investing in it, has planted his roots in the South of France.  Levitt was never a surface traveler, seeking the pleasures of only luxury hotels …

Notre-Dame-des-Fontaines

Experiences in the South of France – Venerabilis Vir Dominus Presbiter Iohannes de Canavexiss de Pinayrolo Pinctor Located 80 kilometers from Nice in the village of La Brigue (formerly the Duchy of Savoy), the extremely well preserved sanctuary of Notre-Dame des Fontaines and its fifteenth century passion cycle by the artist Giovanni Canavesio, known as the “Sistine Chapel of the …

Epidemic Through Years

France has decided that it is going to have to live with the Corona Virus for a while, at least until a vaccine is discovered, so towns and cities are all supplying masks to the residents. Nothing new here. Just like in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic. At Via Nissa, we are working to get back in the streets of …

Romans in Provence

While some believe Provence is the area of what we now call the Var”, the reality is that Provence is the region that begins at the Italian border. It was conquered 121 years B.C.E. The name Provence comes from the Latin word “Provincia” meaning province. Some have said that it was the first Roman province outside of Italy, but of …

Amour – Love

Do you know the concept of love was invented in the South of France? The word “amour” in the French language was actually taken from “amor” in the Occitan language, which is where the locals dialects Nissart and Provençal come from. The poets in the 12th century, known as the Troubadours, invented the concept we know tdoay as “love” as …