If you are travelling to Nice in a Signature Salilnig sailing catamaran with the intention of visiting the palace, you should plan your trip here from May to October, during the period when the palace is open to the public.
Opening hours of the Lascari Palace in Nice:
- May to October: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm;
- October to May: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The Palace is closed on Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
The history of the Lascari Palace dates back to the 17th century and continues to the present day. The building once belonged to the famous Lascaris de Ventimiglia family. Today it houses the famous museum of musical instruments, the second most important in France.
Location and architecture
A monument of architecture dating back to the mid-17th century, the Lascari Palace is located in the historic old town of Nice. This area is characterised by a huge concentration of various attractions. The narrow old streets are lined with interesting historical sites at every turn. The Old Town is characterised by a clever mix of Renaissance and Classicist architectural styles.
Lascari stands in the south of Nice along Rue Droit. Not far away are the Cathedral of Saint Repertory, the Renoir Gallery and the Chapel of the Holy Cross of the Fellowship of the White Penitents.
The exact date of the construction of the Lascari Palace is unknown. The name of the architect of the building also remains a mystery. From the basic information on the residence it is known that the building itself dates back to the middle of the 17th century. The architecture of the building is Italian baroque.
It belongs to a descendant of a noble family, Jean-Baptiste Lascaris de Ventimiglia. He bought four houses in the area and replaced them with a family residence, the Lascari Palace.
The exterior of the building is unremarkable. It could easily be confused with the rest of the houses in the Old Town. The exterior of the palace is rather modest. The main decorative elements are on the third floor, which used to be the owners' living quarters. The façade is decorated with sculptures, masks and balconies with balustrades. The main entrance is decorated with stucco and floral ornaments.
The Lascari Palace's interior is considerably different from its exterior, with a grand staircase leading to the upper floors, paintings and frescoes decorating the halls, splendid sculptures placed in niches, tapestries imported from Flamand and a painted vaulted ceiling. The seventeenth and eighteenth century furniture is well-preserved.
Lascari Museum of Musical Instruments
The Lascari Palace has been home to an active museum of musical instruments for the past 8 years. The historic complex has a collection of some 500 musical instruments from various eras.
The main part of the collection was the property of collector Antoine Gauthier, a well-known businessman and amateur musician. Antoine Gautier bequeathed his entire collection of musical instruments and works to the city.
The residence on the ground floor once housed a pharmacy. It dates from 1738. The old chemist's shop has been recreated, down to the smallest detail.
Time to visit the Lascari Palace and Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum and also the Lascari Palace can be visited by anyone. The institution is open 6 days a week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, except Tuesdays.
- In winter the palace opens at 11:00 am.
- The museum is closed on public holidays: 1st January, 25th December and Easter.
Entrance to the palace is charged. The price of the ticket is €15. For this price you can buy a ticket that gives you access to all the municipal museums and galleries for two days. You can also buy a ticket for €20 which gives you free entrance to the museums and galleries for a week.
How to get to the Lascari Palace
The Lascari residence stands on rue Droit in Nice's Old Town. There is a stop close by called "Citédral Old City". T1 tram can be taken from the bus station, and you can walk 200 metres towards the palace. Lux Monaco, Transazur, and ByCar are local taxis.
Palais Lascari is close to the seafront in Nice. If you are travelling to Nice on our sailing catamaran, be sure to visit this place.
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