La Tour Saint-François

The former campanile of the Franciscan convent, now a clock tower, offers a unique 360° panorama of Nice and its hills.

Fifty metres high, Tour Saint François is the former bell tower of the Franciscans church and convent which stands proudly at the heart of the Vieux Nice. Built in the thirteenth century, it was completed in the 1830s by a clock, a campanile and a majestic 1500 kg bell according to the plans of the Nice architect Joseph Vernier.
A few years ago, a contemporary spiral staircase was installed within its four narrow walls to enable visitors to access the top. But to gaze at the panoramic view over the entire city, you have to deserve it! Before accessing it, you have to climb 262 made-to-measure metal steps, some landings linking with the original staircase, which has been retained too. From up there, an exceptional 360° viewpoint over the hills, the old town and, of course, the sea. Note that the configuration of the sitedoes not allow access to children under seven years of age or people with reduced mobility. Not recommended for people prone to vertigo. Tour Saint François has been registered as a Historical Monument since 1993.

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Opening periods

From 01/01 to 30/06, every Saturday and Sunday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and May 1st.

From 01/07 to 31/08, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From 01/09 to 30/11, every Saturday and Sunday.

Accepted payment methods

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Full price: 3 to 6.10 € (Full price 6.10€ - Reduced price 2.50€ (students, job seekers, disabled persons, seniors, Lignes d'Azur subscribers) - Free (under 18 years old, journalists, teachers and guides) - Possible cancellation due to bad weather (rain and wind) or technical problems in which case tickets can be exchanged or refunded.).

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