Food and Walking tours of Nice in Italian and English
Bilingual guide Chiara Orlandi grew up in the heart of Italy, in Umbertide, a place that she still holds dear in her heart even after several years away in the United Kingdom and Edinburgh, Scotland. Orlandi studied event management at Edinburgh’s Napier University, her second Masters (her previous degrees are in politics and piano). Orlandi says that Edinburgh was an amazing experience, but her gypsy soul nudged her to move, this time to the French Riviera city of Nice.
“Living in France was something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the language. I decided to follow my instinct and Nice sounded like the right place to be. Man, I was right, this place is stunning!”
Her company, Tours of Nice, offers walking tours in the city that cater to English and Italian speakers; there are two 1.5 hour walks daily (11h and 14h respectively). Orlandi shared with Perfectly Provence that she hopes to add a French tour shortly. Participants (maximum 20) take a stroll through the old town, highlights of history and a bit of cultural context.
We were curious as to what propelled Orlandi to start Tours of Nice and her guided walking tours. She shared that a childhood memory of an enthusiastic tour guide on a family trip to Greece was reignited in 2014, “When I bumped into a vacancy for a tour guide position in Edinburgh. I had such a great time meeting all those lovely people from all over the world, and I finally discovered the natural storyteller within me!”
For your next French Riviera visit, we asked Chiara Orlandi to share her list of where the locals go in Nice.
A drink in Nice:
What is your favourite coffee shop in Nice? Délit Délice
Where would you go for a glass of wine in Nice? Bar des Oiseaux
A bite to eat in Nice:
Local specialties that a visitor must taste in Nice:
Pissaladière (here is a recipe)
Must see things to discover in Nice?
The view of the Bay of Angels from the Parc de la Colline du Chateau
The Chagall Museum
The Markets (all of them)
Affordable ways to relax in Nice?
Take an early morning stroll along the Promenade des Anglais
Have a picnic lunch at the Promenade du Paillon gardens
Browsing through a pile of books at the book market
Here, is the Tours of Nice phone number +33 (0)6 62 24 84 17 and website to book your spot.
Image credits: Photos provided by and shared with the permission of Chiara Orlandi