Charm Hotel Le Patti Grasse

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Place du Patti, Grasse, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, 06130, France
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Perfumary in Grasse

by artprofessor

Looking for information about tours through the Perfumary at Grasse. Has anyone done this? Information about places to stay etc. would be appreciated. Thanks ;-)

RE: Perfumary in Grasse

by nicolaitan

we did the tour about 7 or 8 years ago. The perfume factory is located on the right side of the highway between Cannes and Grasse. You cant miss it. We didnt even know it was there but signs and parking lot make it obvious. We walked in without reservation and had to wait about twenty minutes for the next tour being given in English. There was at that time a second factory in grasse proper which was supposed to be somewhat better but we were very happy with this one. And you can be sure the tour ends in their retail outlet. Enjoy. While I am sure you will be visiting the Maeght foundation in St Paul de Vence for their art, try not to miss the village of Tourette-sur-Loup which is on the two-lane highway east from Grasse to Vence. A lovely hill village. Once again, it will be very hard to miss.

RE: Perfumary in Grasse

by nicolaitan

as an art profesor, i am sure you know about the incredible picasso museum in the grimaldi palace in antibes which is incredible. As for accomodations, cannes has hotels in all price ranges { we went for the big bucks, stayed at the martinez, and loved it - if you stay there, I will tell you where to park for nothing and avoid their expensive parking lot. Just a short walk. But housing at all prices is available in cannes, the restaurants and the croisette are great.

RE: Perfumary in Grasse

by Beausoleil

There are three perfumeries in Grasse, Fragonard, Molinard and Galinard (not sure about the spelling of the last one). We've only gone to the Fragonard as it is right downtown near the market so you can do both. Fragonard has a tour and museum. We've taken the tour two or three times because it's fun. We've had tour guides with excellent English each time and not had to wait. The real fun is the shop afterwards.

I'm told that at Molinard you can actually design your own perfume and they will keep the recipe and you can reorder. I've never done it but it sounds like fun.

We stayed once at Pension Ste. Therese right up the hill in Grasse. It's run by nuns and is spanking clean. We had a private bath and ate there. The food was fabulous. The view is to die for. You can see all the way to the Mediterranean. It is very inexpensive, but they don't accept credit cards.

Last fall we stayed in Vence which was nice because we could easily drive to Nice, Cagnes sur Mer, Antibes, Biot . . . etc.

I'll echo the poster above. Don't miss the Maeght Fondation in St. Paul de Vence or the Picasso Museum in Antibes. It is fabulous. Also go up the hill to Vallauris and see Picasso's War and Peace. He painted the sides and roof of a simple chapel and the effect is overwhelming. You stand in the tiny space surrounded by Picasso. When you look at Peace, you feel slightly uneasy and as you turn, you realize War is glaring over your shoulder. It is really unnerving . . . very dramatic. Try to go to the Maeght on a sunny day. Much of it is in the sculpture garden and when it's raining, you don't get the full effect.

The little Matisse Chapel is at Vence. It only takes about five minutes! I think there is a Renoir Museum in Cagnes sur Mer but am not sure. I'm sure someone on this forum could tell you.

The area is beautiful.

RE: Perfumary in Grasse

by nicolaitan

re the matisse chapel in Vence (head north (left from the road from Grasse) is truly lovely but when we went tours were only given in French so it is a very brief stop.

Travel Tips for Grasse

Grasse remembers their lost sons

by Pavlik_NL

On the Place du Petit-Puy, the square in front of the cathedral, one sees a pavillion shaped little building in a wonderfully green spot that is taken care of very properly. A closer look tells us that on the columns of the monument are names, many names. On a plaque in the centre we read the text "Remembering those we lost in WW I (Great War) and WW II" and thus Grasse commemorates her local hero's too and in a quite beautiful way.

Dark side of the French Revolution

by NiceLife

During the French Revolution, Grasse became the capital of the Var. Tucked away in a corner in the gardens of the Musee Admiral de Grasse is this an unexpected memorial to the many prominent citzens of Grasse executed in the Terror that followed the "restructuring and new management arrangements" of France in the 1790's.

Chief Executive Citizen Robbespiere and his Committee for Public Safety (not to be confused with today's Health and Safety) let loose a terrible purge of France's senior management. Early retirement and cosy pension arrangements were not an option. Many public figures of Grasse are catalogued here in marble letters, their age and position, prior to having their heads detatched from their bodies. (Sort of "severance arrangements", you might say)

France often trumpets the ideals of the revolution - Liberte, Equalite, Fraternite. Rarely mention of "Decapite", courtesy of Madame Guillotine.

Hotel Clapier-Cabris - museum of Provence

by NiceLife

Museum of Provençal art and history, housed in the townhouse of the Marquise de Clapier-Cabris. Supposedly features archeology, ethnology, painting and pottery of Provence. The museum however failed to give up its treasures to me as it remained stubbornly shut despite being scheduled to be open.


by vibi68

The birth of Grasse, which appears suddenly in Eastern Provence where the other cities are of Greek or Roman foundation, is probably due to the new economic structures and political installations created by the feodalism. At the beginning a small village located on a spur of tuff, Grasse owes its prosperity to its situation at the junction of major roads which allowed more trade through the mountain, via Castellane and by the sea via Nice's port, in particular towards Genoa. In spite of the civil wars, the invasions, the plague which blocked during four hundred years the area's development, the prosperity of Grasse, founded on the tannery then perfumery, thus the trade, knows a constant progression during the 13th century, period of peace; the city sees convents being established out of its walls but as of the next century it must increase its enclosure to ensure their protection. It then nominates its "chef-lieu" on a vast viguery, associating the spiritual power to functions of an administrative and legal center. To secure itself, while remaining safe in its ramparts, the industrial population, is then forced to raise the existing houses, to build in courtyards and gardens, even in clusters on top of streets, thus creating a city with the dark and narrow streets. It is only during the 17th century that the Grassois, in need of light, fresh air and hygiene, build a vast hospital next to the city, on a shone upon esplanade. At the end of this century and throughout the 18th century, beautiful private mansions and luxurious country houses appear on the city's periphery and in the close countryside. but on ly in the 19th century does the true explosion of the city occurs resulting into an exiguous enclosure, so the dark perfumery dispensaries disappears of the city center to relocate in large factories built in the plaines, in the flower fields. From that time the city does not cease to grow parallel to the development of its industry an activity of health resort and tourism, initially in the winter then the summer, which generates large and beautiful hotels, a casino and a whole infrastructure dedicated to the leisures.

From the very start of the Middle Age the prosperity of Grasse was based on the tannery. An abundant cattle, aromatic plants growing in a natural state in the countryside: myrtle and mastic tree which gives an extreme flexibility and an inimitable green color to leather, are as many assets to its industry. Since 1171 the first commercial treaties unites the city with Genoa and in 1209 a letter to the Genoa Consul stipulates that the Grassois send them cattle, wool and tanned skins. Parallel to these commercial treaties with Liguria, Grasse sets up an infrastructure favourable to the trade while obtaining, as of the 12th century, almost total immunity for tolls and grants their city, starting the 14th century, two annual fairs, one three days in mid-August and the other of fifteen days in Saint-Michel. As it is not surprising that as glove fashion born from the Renaissance, spreads on Italy, Grasse launches itself in that production. From the 16th century, the use of scents in leathers intended for the glove factory spreads widely and rapidly, so much that came the following century the profession of perfumed-glove maker knows such prosperity, it completely separates from the tanners' corporation. From the middle of the 18th century, heavy taxation on leathers precipitates the decline of tannery and perfumed-glove making to the end of its tradition; in 1789, the only industry remaining is that of perfumery. However the glove factory remains a regional and traditional activity which is practised during the 19th century in family workshops. Imported leathers from or fabrics replace the fine Grassoises skins from then on.

Today, Grasse is a modern and lively city, wearing historical clothes! Ideally located between the Mediterranean and the Alps of the south, its 45 000 dwellers live in a very privileged area, for its climate is of an exceptional softness and great cultural and historical events mark time throughout the year. Classified Town of the Arts by the Historic Buildings' Commission, it offers to its visitors an inspirational architecture taken as much from Provence than Genoa, which makes it a singular medieval site. With every curb, lane, alley... one discovers multiple small squares, all with their own particular scent and flavour. Throughout the world, it is in Grasse, World Perfume Capital, that the most raw materials are exploited: Rose "Centifolia", Jasmine of Grasse, Myrtle, etc. All those who go to Grasse discover with amazement its perfumed lanes. The factories and workshops fill the city with suave scents, it carries forever the print of France's most beautiful industries: Perfumery. Still today, a majority of famous perfumes such as Chanel No.5 are born and produced in Grasse. Make sure to visit perfume makers and their gardens, buy handmade soaps and enjoy the great views you have from belvederes... Frankly, given the chance to move anywhere I wanted on this earth, one of the first places that comes to mind is Grasse.


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Address: Place du Patti, Grasse, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, 06130, France