Vence Things to Do

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    Explore the picturesque village

    by Alikatt Updated Sep 9, 2005

    The ever so charming village of Eze has attracted the likes of Pablo Picasso and other artists. More recently, member of the U2 band have summer places there...so I hear. Start with a lunch preferably over looking the fantastic view of the sea and Caps bellow (Antibes, Ferrat).

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    Hotel de Ville

    by NiceLife Updated May 8, 2005

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    Hotel de Ville, Vence

    The flag-decked Town Hall in central Vence, located in the market square, where suprisingly, a market is held most mornings.

    The colour scheme is strong peach and sand. I guess it wouldn't work on a South London terrace. Sky's the wrong colour: grey

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    Winding narrow streets

    by NiceLife Updated Aug 7, 2004

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    Typical medieval market town

    Vence is your archetypal medieval market town. Bigger than the twee tourist centres like St Paul, Vence manages to mix ancient and modern.

    The hillsides around Vence are an ideal sought after location for those second home owners who want a villa and pool in Provence at an almost affordable price, without paying astronomical prices as would be found closer to the sea. The town is where they come to shop, so it is commercial and busy.

    Served by the 400/ 410 bus from Nice, which is about fifty minutes away.

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    Place du Peyra

    by vivalasteph Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Place du Peyra

    As you pass Le Frene, the large ash tree planted in 1538, you enter the Port du Peyra and come across this charming square, lined with shops and restaurants, and the public fountain, which dates to the early 19th century.

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    rue des Portiques

    by vivalasteph Written Dec 2, 2003

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    rue des Portiques

    This street off of the Place Godeau is what remains of the original Roman road that led from Cimiez to Castellane. Be sure to check out some of the ancient wooden doors as you pass through the tunnel.

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    Chapelle du Rosaire

    by vivalasteph Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Chapelle du Rosaire

    Built between 1947 and 1951, this stunning little chapel lies just north of Vence, nestled on the hillside. Matisse created this masterpiece after staying in Vence to recover from an illness after the war. Nursed by the Dominican nuns, he devoted many years to this chapel as repayment for their kindness.

    The main chapel faces south, with yellow, blue, and green leaf-shaped stained glass windows which mimic the colors of the Provencal area. On the opposite walls are white ceramic tiles with deceptively simple black line drawings of St. Dominic, the madonna and child, and the stations of the cross. His intent with the pure white ceramic was to reflect the colorful stained glass, as well as reflect the drawings themselves on the pure white tiled floor. The overall effect is both peaceful, and vibrant, especially on a sunny day.

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    Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite

    by vivalasteph Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Moses, Marc Chagall

    Located in Place Clemenceau, this Romanesque church was built on the site of a Roman temple to Mars. You can read the Roman inscriptions on foundation stones to the left of the main entrance. Inside this small church you will find many beautiful sculptures, frescoes, and carvings, and its showstopper - a mosaic of Moses by Marc Chagall.

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    Vence, villa, view

    by NiceLife Updated May 8, 2005

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    Vence, villa, view

    One of the lovely private villas off the Avenue Matisse, on the hill facing old Vence and the valley from which the town rises. Turquoise balustrading. Ravishing.

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    Lovely walled market town

    by NiceLife Written Aug 7, 2004

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    Lovely walled market town

    Welcome to Vence, a town which has always attracted artists, painters and poets. Dufy, Matisse, Chagall, Dubuffet.

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    Cathedral and market square

    by NiceLife Written Aug 7, 2004

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    Cathedral and Market Square

    Next to the town hall, the cathedral, which houses the Chagall mosaic, dating back originally to the 5th Century. The market itself is probably one of the more interesting aspects of town life

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