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St Paul de Vence Travel Guide

St Paul de Vence is a beautifully preserved example of a fortified hilltop village and makes a great day trip from Nice. In the 1920s, artists Paul Signac, Modigliani, Pierre Bonnard and Chaim Soutine discovered it, gathering at the restaurant Colombe d'Or, which now contains an impressive art collection. Other artists, writers and personalities followed including actors Yves Montand and Simone Signoret who made it their home in later life.

Saint Paul de Vence

The little village's brush with celebrity has made it one of the most touristed destinations on the French Riviera. Yet beneath the stardust there are serious artists and artisans still working in St Paul. Their works are for sale in the shops and boutiques that line the main street.

Street in Saint Paul de Vence

What else to do in St Paul besides shop? Take a walk around the walls; the view over the hills to the sea never fails to delight.

View from Saint Paul de Vence

At the tip of the village, you'll come to the cemetery which contains the tomb of Marc Chagall, another former St Paul denizen. He chose the most relaxing spot in St Paul for his everlasting rest.

Outside the village is the Fondation Maeght, a first-rate contemporary art museum with an extraordinarily restful sculpture garden.

Fondation Maeght sculpture garden

Although the museum is only a kilometre or so out of the village, the climb is steep; try to arrange your walk in the cooler hours of the day. You can book your admission ticket to the Fondation Maeght here.

Getting to St Paul de Vence

By Car from Nice
Take the A8 motorway to exit 48 and follow signs to La Colle sur Loup on Rte 436.

By Bus from Nice
There are no longer buses direct from Nice to Saint-Paul-de-Vence now that the popular bus line 400 has been eliminated. See details about getting to Saint Paul de Vence

Tourist Information in St Paul de Vence

The St Paul de Vence tourist office is right at the entrance to the village.

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