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Vence:  City of Art

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Vence is located in the Southeast of France in the Provence of Alpes-Cote-d'Azur inland from Nice on the French Riviera. Vence is conveniently located close to the more expensive cities along the coast yet the village has a charm of its own. Vence is surrounded by lush countryside, the mountains form a backdrop to the olive groves, bright flowers and many orange trees.  The quaint village retains its medieval walls and many 16th century structures within the historic center. Time has stood still in much of Vence and even the five gate ways through the village walls have been preserved. There are small local cafes with outdoor seating so you can watch the beautiful scenery while you enjoy your coffee. 

Some of the highlights of Vence

You can explore Vence on foot, leave your rental apartment or rental villa and wander through the historic village to see the sights. Check out the medieval walls which circle the old part of the village and see the Portail Levis Gate which dates back to the 13th century and the Porte du Peyra which has granted access to the village from at least 1310. The Peyra Fountain was built to complement the gate and both display skilled architecture. The fountain together with other fountains in the village provides fresh spring water to the village. Even the trees in Vence have a history, there is an oak tree planted in 1538 along the Place du Frene.

Vence is nicknamed the "City of Art", for decades Vence has attracted artists, writers and sculptures such as Dante, Dufy and D. H. Lawrence. Today you can visit the many small galleries and the Foundation Emile Hugues Museum which features modern art. However the real art in Vence can be found in the churches and chapels. The Chapelle du Rosaire, above the village, was designed by Matisse between 1947 and 1951 and includes beautiful stained glass windows. In the 4th century Cathedral there are mosaics by Marc Chagall created in 1911. Art lovers can go 8km from the village to find a Renoir Museum and nearby Biot is a small town famed for its pottery and glass blowing.

The Vence cathedral was constructed on the remains of a Roman temple and another reminder of the former Roman presence is the Rue des Portiques where a part of a Roman road remains.   Get a taste of the local character at the town markets on Rue du Arche, Place Clemenceau and weekly at the Place du Grand Jardin. Those looking for more adventurous and contemporary attractions can visit the Adventure Maze and the Canyon Forest Adventure Park just 12.8km away.
If you are looking for places to stay in Vence, France Homestyle has a range of options from a five bedroom villa to a one bedroom studio apartment to accomodate any traveller's needs.  Moulin de Boursac is a beautifully renovated historic olive mill dating from the eleventh and eighteenth centuries. This property has a rich old-world ambiance with stone structures from the original mill, landscaped Provencal gardens that include the millstream, and pool with pool house. The recently built Vence Villa with five bedrooms and 2 full baths overlooks a private garden with palm trees and lush vegetation next to a private heated pool. Vence Remparts Studio is located in historic Vence steps from excellent restaurants, shops, galleries, and one of the best market streets in Southern France.  Designed by Matisse, the well-known Chapelle du Rosaire is also located here. The neighboring hill town of St. Paul-de-Vence has winding streets lined with authentic medieval buildings and the Fondation Maeght.