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"Italians. Coming to a city near you." Top 5 Page for this destination Tourists Tip by NiceLife

Tourists, Nice: 5 reviews and 4 photos

  Warships from Italy
by NiceLife

After two thousand years, they're back.

Two Italian people transporters lead the invasion. Each the size of an eight storey apartment block, these giant floating "people-movers" dwarf everything in the port of Nice, as tens of thousands of Italians occupy the Riviera for the new year.

Streets everywhere are lined with the new modern chariots, gleaming polished black and chrome VW and BMW four-by-fours, with tinted windows and Milan or Turin number plates. Gare SNCF has trains arriving from Italian cities every hour, disgorging impossibly glamorous passengers.

The Promenade des Anglais is transformed into a Milanese catwalk as fashionistas strut in their killer heels and designer clothes. Suddenly everyone is wearing dark glasses. The Cours Saleya resembles a mink farm. Mobile phones are in one hand, the other waving as they speak. "Allora, ragazza, bene bene " The hotels are full, the restaurant tables are all booked. Italy has arrived.

The high society of Northern Italy takes over Nice for the New Year. At the strike of midnight champagne corks pop on the beach and fireworks light up the baie. The festive mood runs high. A few days later the invaders will retreat, leaving no trace other than lingering designer scent in the air.

But they'll be back.


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  • Updated Apr 2, 2005
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