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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!”

Nice old town #FrenchRiviera @ToursofNice #Nice06

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.

But why?

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!”

Nice Markets #FrenchRiviera @ToursofNice #Nice06

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:

Socca

Pissaladière (here is a recipe)

Gelato

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

Book Market in Nice @ToursofNice #Nice06

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

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride was at six-months old, her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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