Nice, once known as Nice Maritime, is the biggest city in Cote Azure. Nice (Nicaea) was founded approximately 2500 years ago by the inhabitants of Marseille and it was given the name of Nikaïa to remember the victory against Liguria’s army (Nike, from the Greek name of the goddess of victory). Until 1792 was part of Italian territory, but in 1976 was finally recognized the annexation to France. In 1814 Nice returned a territory of the reign of Sardinia, but was definitely reconquered in 1860. The port is called Port Lympia and has a big passengers traffic and is the closest port to Corsica. Port of Nice departures and arrivals: Bastia, Ajaccio, Calvi, Ile Rousse, Porto Vecchio and Golfo Aranci. The sailing companies operating from and to Nice are: Corsica-Sardinia Ferries and Moby Lines.