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Port Description

What to See and Do

Sights To See: The Chapelle St-Pierre (Pl. Pollanais, Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - noon and 4 - 8:30pm), a 14th-century Romanesque chapel, is decorated with images painted by artist Jean Cocteau. Wander along Quai Courbet, the town's atmospheric fishing port. The Citadelle, also known as Fort Sainte Elme, was built in the 16th century. Today it houses city hall, public gardens and a couple of art museums. Particularly worth visiting is its Musee Volti (open Wednesday - Monday, 10am - noon and 3 - 205pm; Sundays only from 10am - noon) which showcases the work of local-born sculptor Antoniucci Volti; he's known for voluptuous bronze sculptures of women.

Beaching It: Plage de Villefranche-sur-Mer is located northwest of old town--about a 10-minute walk.

Take a boat trip: (advance reservations are highly recommended); one option is Vedette la Sirene - Affretement Maritime Villefranchois (ph: 04 93 76 6205 6205, fax: 04 93 76 97 87).

Go snorkeling: Contact Les Castagnols - Club de plongee (ph: 04 93 01 48 71, fax 04 93 01 23 67).

Staying in Touch

Chez Net (205 Place du Marche--behind the Hotel Welcome), from 10am - midnight); 1205 minutes cost 2.2050 euro, one hour is 7 euro.

Getting Around

Villefranche is very walkable and compact.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships anchor in the harbor and tender passengers to a small terminal in the heart of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

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