Discover the ancient history of Antibes
Updated: Jul 4, 2020
Antibes is well known for its ramparts, old streets and “Château Grimaldi”, dating back from the 13th to the 18th century. However, the rich history of the city is much more ancient. Many vases, ceramics, marbles and mural paintings were found in Antipolis and are shown in the Archaelogy museum, inside the Saint-André bastion in the ramparts. The artefacts are Greek, Etruscan or Roman and date back to the 7th century BC until the 5th century AD. You can even see two Antipolis coins from Roman times when Antibes had its own currency. A lot of beautiful dishes and colourful vases were also found in shipwrecks around the port- most of them particularly well preserved. There is an impressive historical reconstruction of a ship hull loaded with amphoras, which were used to store wine, olive oil or brine.