The city takes its name from the Count of Provence, Charles II of Anjou, who founded it at the location of the roman port of Monteolivo and granted.
The Congress of Nice met with the Pope, Paul III, to bring the peace to Frances I and Charles V. The Pope was the peacemaker but the peace only lasted for five years.
The Red Beared muslin fleet occupied the bay.
The Duke Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy demanded building anenormous fortification system included the Citadel, the Mont- Alban fort (to guard Villefranche) and the Darse basin.
The American fleet in the Mediterranean located its home port in Villefranche.
Once restored, the city housed the town hall, several museums andobjects found in the excavations.
The bay is a regular stop over for the American, English and French armies and for cruise ships. Villefranche has preserved its identity and the old part of the city as for example the Dark Street, which sheltered and protected the inhabitants.
It is one of the most beautiful bays in the world where numerous yachts stop over.
Decorated by Jean Cocteau is one of the works of this artist.
Baroque Italian-style. The lying Christ from 17th century, altarpieces from 18th century and the statue of San Rocco.
From 16th century, the fortress was built to protect the bay.
Old streets remain such as the Dark Street and the Poilu Street from 13th century.