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Coordinates: 43°44′47″N 7°24′06″E / 43.7463888889°N 7.40166666667°E / 43.7463888889; 7.40166666667

Commune of La Turbie

La Turbie is located in France
La Turbie
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Villefranche-sur-Mer
Intercommunality Riviera française
Mayor Nicolas Bassani
Elevation 146–658 m (480–2,160 ft)
Land area1 7.42 km2 (2.86 sq mi)
Population2 3,021  (1999)
 - Density 407 /km2 (1,050 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 06150/ 06320
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

La Turbie (in Italian "Turbia" from tropea, Latin for trophy) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in south-eastern France.



La Turbie was famous in Roman times for the huge Monument that Augustus made to celebrate his victory over the Ligurian tribes of the area.

During the Middle Ages, the village (called then Turbia) was mainly under the dominion of the Republic of Genoa. Dante wrote in his Divina Commedia that Turbia was the western limit of the Italian Liguria.

It was alternatively part of Savoy or the Principality of Monaco, from where the population of Turbia has assimilated the dialect Monegasque, even if the local Ligurian dialect has maintained some characteristics of the nearby Niçois of Nice. Actually the local dialect is nearly extinct, mainly after the 1860 inclusion of the Savoian County of Nice in France.

The commune formerly includes the communes of Beausoleil and Cap d'Ail, which was disestablished at the beginning of the 20th century. Only the old main town, around the remaining structure of the roman Trophy of Augustus, forms the current commune.


The boundaries of La Turbie were formerly more extensive and included the territory now contained in the town of Beausoleil, formerly known as Haut-Monte-Carlo, owing to its proximity to Monaco. The commune of La Turbie retains a smaller, common boundary with part of the Principality.

La Turbie can be reached either from Cap d'Ail on the coast or the Grand Corniche. Within the town is the Trophy of Augustus, also known as the Trophée des Alpes.


It is note-worthy the amusing origin of the calcareous headland called the Tête de Chien: the original name of the place was, in the local occitan dialect, Testa de camp meaning "head of (military) camp", pronounced homonymously like "Testa de can", which means "head of dog" hence, in french, "Tête de chien". Today, it is amusing to see many tourists seeking in the cut out forms of the relief, a vague profile of a dog.

The Roman monument called Trophy of Augustus
Trophee des Alpes in La Turbie, France

The village is built, partly, with old stones recovered from the ruins of the Trophy of the Alpes (Trophy of Augustus), a Roman monument built by the emperor Augustus to celebrate his victory over the Ligurian tribes which lived in the mountains of the area and attacked the merchants plying the Roman trade routes.

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Simple English

La Turbie is a commune. It is found in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the south of France.


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