Saint-Paul de Vence
Saint-Paul de Vence is located atop a hill a few kilometers from the ocean between Nice and Antibes. As you enter this medieval village you will be transported to another century, surrounded by stone towers and walls, narrow streets, medieval buildings and spectacular views.
Though small, the village has no shortage of cultural tourism. The Local History Museum illustratively exhibits the village's historical periods, and the town's eighteen art galleries symbolize its long romance with art. Saint-Paul de Vence has hosted numerous film artists including Orson Welles, Michael Caine, Kirk Douglas, Gene Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Donald Pleasance, and Tony Curtis. Also part of the artistic realm is the hotel La Colombe d'Or, which has long served as reunion point for many artists including Picasso, Miró, Matisse, Marc Chagall, Modigliani, Braque, and Fernand Léger. The hotel currently exhibits their works of art.
Another notable art institution in Saint-Paul de Vence is the Maeght Foundation. Designed by renowned Catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert, the foundation was conceived by art enthusiasts Aimé and Marguerite Maeght as an artists' refuge for creating, exhibiting and interchanging work and ideas. Its rooms, gardens, and natural spaces exhibit one of the largest collections of contemporary art of the 20th century in Europe. To dive deeper into the history of local art and culture, visit the Saint-Paul Museum.
The Grande Fontaine square on Rue Grande is perfect for a short break. This square dates back to the 17th century, and besides historically being used for clothes washing and local markets, it's also been used as a film set and a subject for numerous works of art. As you leave the village by car or bus, take a last look from a short distance away. It's one of the best views you'll get of the village, as beautifully delicate as it is imposing, with its medieval bastion that watches all that occurs below.
Map of routes and landmarks in Saint-Paul de Vence:
Olive tree in a stone patio
1. Gateway to Vence
2. Maeght Foundation
3. La Grande Fontaine square
4. Penitents Blancs Chapel
5. Hotel La Colombe d'Or
6. Oil mill
What's most popular in St. Paul de Vence
The coat of arms of Saint Paul de Vence and the flag of Provence-Maritime Alps-Côte d'Azur
View from Rue Grande
Underground art gallery on Rue Grande
Hotel La Colombe d'Or