This wonderful village, immortalized by a great many celebrities, overlooks surrounding landscapes which reminds of Toscana. Saint Paul de Vence is the epitome of the fortified towns that once guarded the Var frontier. Perched on a rocky spur behind ramparts that have remained more or less intact it has kept much of its medieval appearance while becoming one of the most visited villages in France. To discover : old streets, city walls, chapels, art galleries, the Maeght Foundation, modern art galleries, craftsmen.
A must is the visit of the Maeght Foundation. It breathes art and celebrates art. Exhibitions, set against a backdrop of greenery, are strong and eclectic. The Foundation presents an important collection of works, offering an exceptional and panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art. The gardens are conducive to contemplation; take a stroll in its fairytale universe peopled with sculptures and harbouring a maze designed by Miro.
Worth a visit is the White Penitents’ Chapel (17th century)decorated by Folon. It was one of the last commissions undertaken by the Belgian artist, who died in 2005. Inaugurated in June 2008, the chapel highlights the close relations Folon enjoyed with craftsmen, his conception of the stained glass window and sculpture, his fascination with light.