Escorted Rail Tours to St-Paul-de-Vence
A pretty hillside village host to a spectacular art collection
Perched on a hill overlooking the Nice hinterland, the beautiful
village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is one of the most famous in the
region. The village originally developed in the Middle Ages as a
French frontier and defensive post against the Duchy of Savoy. Due
to its strategic position, the village remained very much intact
and, amongst the narrow winding lanes, it still boasts a wealth of
16th century architecture today.
The village's historic ramparts are still complete, and a walk
along these affords great views over the many red-roofed, sandstone
villas and cypress trees, as well as the surrounding
landscape. Having been a playground of the rich and famous for
decades now, Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a joy to discover.
Among the other highlights of the village is the Colombe
d'Or, a popular hotel and restaurant. For many years,
Saint-Paul-de-Vence has been inhabited by some of the world's most
celebrated artists, and a significant number of these were known to
settle their bills at the hotel with paintings. This has resulted
in a priceless collection of art that adorns the walls today, which
includes pieces by Picasso and Matisse.