Historically, Cimiez was known as Cemenelum, the capital of the Ancient Roman province Alpes Maritimae, and rival to the city of Nice. Its’ ruins remain an important attraction in Cimiez in the same way as the Excelsior Regina Palace where Queen Victoria would often visit the Chagall Museum and the Matisse Museum. In fact, the painter Henri Matisse is buried in the cemetery near the Cimiez Monastery.
Today, Cimiez is one of the most exquisite residential neighbourhoods of central Nice boasting beautiful views of the whole of Nice and the Mediterranean Sea, outstanding architecture and calm streets. The area is made up of bourgeois palaces and more modern buildings with high-end services. The bus lines run regularly between the city centre and Cimiez bringing the two neighbourhoods closer together, although the few supermarkets nearby make all the necessary everyday purchases accessible by foot.
Cimiez is much appreciated for its peacefulness and for the quality of its real estate. It has several schools, including some prestigious private establishments, many medical offices and a hospital. It is predominantly inhabited by middle-aged people, the majority of whom are home owners.
Being one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Nice, Cimiez attracts families and friends for weekend picnics in the Cimiez gardens or a game of boules. Prices in Cimiez for a beautiful apartment are usually between 5,000€/m² to 6,500€/m².