This historic village, surrounded by ramparts and overlooking the surrounding valleys, is an invitation to contemplation, as well as the joys of shopping for antiques or simply relaxing. It offers, by day and by night, a surprising diversity and fine tables,artists’ studios and shops selling decorative objects.
Famous as a haven for modern art, the Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation is a world-famous venue in a leafy setting. In addition to prestigious temporary exhibitions, it offers an exceptional panorama on modern and contemporary art. Léger, Braque, Giacometti and many others stand watch today as before on the spirit of the place. A stroll in an incomparable universe, remarkable both in the Foundation’s exhibition rooms and patios and in the gardens filled with sculptures, including Miró’s famous Labyrinth.
Medieval walls encircle narrow streets and capture the heritage of more than a thousand years. Picking out the marks of history, either alone or with a guide, is to enter into the soul of Saint-Paul de Vence.
The fountain at the heart of the village fills St-Paul’s medieval vaults with music. To quote the poet Verlaine: "The fountain’s silvery murmur plays on."
Modern, contemporary, fringe, naive… on gallery walls in Saint-Paul de Vence, talented artists from all schools rub shoulders with their illustrious peers including Folon, César and Niky de Saint-Phalle. The village is an open-air gallery with artists at work in their studios and staging exciting exhibitions. A painting hung in the morning can find a home before evening falls… if it captures the heart of a visitor.
Let’s imagine Saint-Paul de Vence as a simple Provençal village… A café nestles on the square, shaded by plane trees. A game of boules is underway. You stroll along the ramparts, wander from art gallery to craft shop, linger by the village fountain, sample the local wine, and take it all in…
It’s good to know that life really can be so full of charm...
What to see :
- Maeght fundation
- St Paul museum
- La Colombe d’Or St Paul de Vence village
- Le Saint Martin Hôtel Chateau St Martin Vence
- Alain Llorca St Paul de Vence
Sources : St Paul de Vence tourist office