A bit of history
It has been long thought that the name ‘Cap d’Ail’ comes from the Italian ‘Cap d’Aglio’, because of the Tour d’Aglio (bee tower) in the town, which served as a warehouse to the town’s bee keepers. This tower, with three bees above it, make up the coat of arms for Cap d’Ail, and thus reminds us of this tale. But it is now know that this Saracen tower is actually an old check point belonging to the Principality of Monaco. Now private property, the tower can however be seen from the road that passes just below it. Another legend is that Cap d’Ail’s name comes from the niçois term, ‘Cau daï’, meaning ‘scythe shaped’ after the contour of the cape as seen from boats at sea.