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La Turbie

The departement of the Alpes Maritimes - Pop.: 3.100 h.

23 km from Nice airport and 12 Km from Menton. A8 exit La Turbie.
Ville de La Turbie

Overlooking the Principality of Monaco at 1,150m, like a balcony hanging over the Mediterranean, the little town of La Turbie seems to float in the sky, dominated by its gigantic Trophee d'Auguste (35 metres high!).

La Turbie, Trophee d'Auguste

Built 2,000 years ago by the Romans to the glory of Emperor Augustus, the conqueror of the last Ligurian tribes, the Trophee d'Auguste originally stood 49 metres high and was topped by a giant statue of the Emperor.

La Turbie, church
Located at La Turbie, on the Alpis Summa, the border between Gaul and Italy and a strategic point on the Aurelian Way, it celebrated the unity and power of the Roman Empire.

It was used as a fortress in the 12th century, dismantled by Louis XIV, and was then transformed into a ... stone quarry. It was subsequently restored by a generous American donor called Edward Tuck.

La Turbie, door
It is the pride of the town, and a visit to the Trophee and its small Auguste museum is a must.

You will learn that the monument consisted of a round tower surrounded by Doric columns, built on a square platform bearing the names of the 44 peoples subdued during the Augustus campaign.

La Turbie, tiny streets
Today all that remains is a fraction of the tower with its columns and niches where the statues where placed. Nonetheless they are imposing remains, still very impressive for anybody who has a little imagination!

At the foot of the Trophee, the village of La Turbie has preserved the charm of its glorious past virtually intact, in a harmonious mixture of styles - medieval, classical and baroque.

La Turbie, calade street
After walking through a gate in the medieval defensive walls, how lovely it is to stroll along these narrow cobbled streets, with their fine stone-built houses, and generous helpings of flowers.

Vaulted passageways, little fountains, gemelled window, monumental fountain, beautiful baroque style church with square belltower roofed with varnished tiles, there are many historical features to admire.

La Turbie - Eglise
When you've had your fill of history, why not enjoy some fresh air and nature? After all the area around La Turbie has many paths leading up into the hills - the peaks of La Fourna and Tête de Chien - as well as parks - Plateau de la Justice and Grande Corniche - from where the view will literally take your breath away. You will see Vintimille bay (Italy), Cap Martin, Cap Ferrat, Cap de Nice, Antibes, l'Estere ... and sometimes even Corsica on a particularly clear day! What could be better?.

What to see:

Trophee d'Auguste and its museum (documents, history of the Trophee, model of the complete monument).
Roman quarry at Mont de Justice; the only Roman quarry that has remained in use up to the present day.
Roman and pre-Roman dwellings near to the Chapel of Saint-Pierre.
Milestone dating back to the time of Napoleon 1st. Roman fountain.
Remains of the medieval surrounding walls (12th and 13th centuries).
Church of St Michel (1763, historical monument.
Inside is a 15th century Pieta from the Brea school).
Romanesque Chapel of Saint-Jean.
Monumental fountain from 1824 in front of the Mairie (listed).
Barriera cave (Chasseen artefacts). Old rack railway station.

Leisure activities:

Hiking. Tennis. Swimming pool. Mini-golf
Grande Corniche departmental nature park (598 ha) extending from Mont Vinaigrier to Mont Bataille, located in the municipalities of Nice, La Trinité, Eze, La Turbie et Villefranche-sur-Mer: nature walking trail, chasm near the Maison de la Nature (caving), orientation table.


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Bed and breakfast.

Neighbouring towns and villages:

Monaco (7 km), Beausoleil (5km), Cap d'Ail (7km), Eze (8km).

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