Getting there is more than half the pleasure of La Turbie, perched on top a promontory on the Grande Corniche. The little clump of old Provencale houses that makes up the old town is pleasant enough, but La Turbie is mainly known for the Trophee des Alpes (closed Monday) that punctuates the skyline.
This 35m-high slab of white stone commemorates the triumph of the Roman Emperor Augustus over the Alpine peoples. It was built in 6BC and the base is inscribed with the names of all 45 conquered tribes. In addition to contemplating "the grandeur that was Rome", the terrace allows you to enjoy a panoramic view of the Cote d'Azur from Italy to St-Tropez. At night, the lights of Monte Carlo glitter below. Sporty types can use the village as a launchpad for hikes into the surrounding hills.
Getting to La Turbie
Driving is the best way to reach La Turbie as you'll surely want to stop and snap some pictures. Take the Grande Corniche from Nice or take the Moyenne Corniche and watch for signs to La Turbie.
Line 116 runs from Nice to La Turbie and Line 114 runs from Monaco to La Turbie. Get the schedules at the Conseil General
Tourist Information for La Turbie
The tourist office is at 2 place Detras.
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