The Baumettes district is located west of downtown Nice, just a few minutes walk from the Promenade des Anglais. The name of Baumettes would come from the bauma word which means cave and the diminutive eta, so the "small caves".
The Baumettes hill is bounded on the east by the Francois Grosso boulevard, on the north by the Mathis fast track, on the west by the Emile Henriot street, and on the south by the rue de France. Avenue des Baumettes is the main artery, but there are several other streets: Marie-Christine, Chateau de La Tour, Louis Cochois, Auguste Renoir, Cordier, Saint-Laurent, Louis de Coppet …
In the seventeenth century, the singular was used and the neighborhood was called the Baumette. Much more extensive in the nineteenth century than today, it represented a real suburb from the valley of Magnan (Madeleine) to the Marble Cross (beginning of the pedestrian zone). It was then the countryside near the city and the Nicois inhabitants had made a place of stroll and relaxation that was even called "little Paris". Its location a little off-center explains that this district remained rather discreet in the history of Nice and kept all its charm.
Nowadays, the district of Baumettes is a residential sector, appreciated by residents of Nice as foreign investors. You will find the beautiful Fine Arts Museum, castles (folly of the nineteenth century), old hotels and beautiful villas ... and also some condominiums built after the 50s.