Ville medieval

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Ville medieval
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Stirling, NJ33 contributions
Beautiful Villa
Sep 2019
Beautiful medieval villa, is awesome how people still live there, you can find restaurants and shops but there is not much to do other than walk around and take pictures, still is awesome to visit, you will spend maybe 1 1/2 hour
Written March 6, 2020
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Michaela K
2,061 contributions
Love the village
Oct 2019 • Friends
It's been so lovely walking around the medieval village. The little narrow streets are very pretty and the little shops also
Worth seeing it
Written October 11, 2019
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guillermohoter
179 contributions
Cute typical Provence medieval town
Sep 2019
Nice to stroll around for half an hour. Nothing special, few shops.
Some acceptable good restaurants.
Not worth a special trip to see it but if in the area, OK for a short stop
Written September 2, 2019
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MeredithAussie
Cannes, France1,918 contributions
Self-guided Walking Tour
Jul 2019
Visit the Tourist Office at Place du Grand Jardin, 36 Rue du 8 Mai 1945 to collect a very informative brochure with a map to assist you with a self-guided walking tour of the Old Town. There is a little information provided on the brochure, as well as on information panels throughout the town.
Vence Medieval town still has many of its protective remparts, walls and arched doorways. Much of it is pedestrianised, so it’s easy to walk and explore the various sites. Lovely buildings, covered passageways, plenty of fountains, interesting boutiques and so many restaurants and cafés.
In Place Clemenceau, you should visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Nativity. It’s a beautiful building, and it has incorporated stones from religious buildings in the Gallo-Roman and Mérovingian (500-800AD) and Carolingian (800-1000AD) periods. The Baptismal mosaic by Marc Chagall is worth making a point of seeing, while upstairs are the treasures, the wooden sculpted stalls (Bellot, 15th century) and for a period the huge statues of the wooden/polychrome Stations of the Cross. Information brochures are available in French, English and German.
At the main fountain of Peyra, there is a very informative panel that explains the makeup of the mineral water that flows through all of the town’s convenient water fountains.
Stepping just outside the old town from the Porte du Peyra and down rue du Docteur Binet, the view from Belvedere Fernand Moutet towards the mountains to the north is wonderful. You can also see the Chapel Matisse from here.
There is plenty of parking within walking distance around the medieval town, especially next to the Tourist Office.
Written August 19, 2019
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Altius10
Calgary, Canada1,160 contributions
Beautiful for a Leisurely Walk
Jul 2019 • Couples
After 3 weeks in Europe we have wandered many Old Town areas. This is by far one of the most interesting and relaxing to visit.
Vence is such a nice little town in the hills!
Written July 9, 2019
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Judy G
Springfield, VA533 contributions
Lovely Old Town
Jul 2019 • Couples
We visited many old towns but this is the cleanest and most interesting. A decision was made in the 15th century to build homes in the city walls and everything is well preserved. There are tons of good restaurants and shops. The town is really lovely.
Written July 5, 2019
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Salty2014
New York City, NY26 contributions
Walk back in time
Jun 2019 • Couples
So fun to walk all around this walled town's interior without the hassel of traffic. A certain calm is contained within these walls and every alley way off the Place has a charming narrow street with flowers and ancient stone paved walkways.walkways
Written July 2, 2019
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Foodange
Manchester, UK1,098 contributions
Perfect Place
Jan 2019 • Couples
The old town is overrun in the summer but a perfect day out in the winter. There is a new part to Vence, which is much like most French towns but the old town is magnificent.
At this time of year you can always park at the entrance to town (Toreille), 2 minutes walk away. The old town itself is spotless, not a piece of litter to be seen. It’s also not a relic but very much lived in, full of restaurants and bars and people going about their regular lives.
There are also expensive shops selling expensive stuff but if you look, real butchers and a great place selling every spice under the sun.
Guess they get a bit fed up with tourists walking past their front doors all the time. Charming, picturesque and a splendid little cathedral bang in the centre.
Written February 4, 2019
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JRAsFishBabe
Calgary1,628 contributions
When you think France, think Vence!
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were kicking off our holiday by spending the first four nights in an Airbnb, just down the road from Vence. This gave us a chance to soak in the beautiful southeastern region of France, and to take in the many features that the area offered. It also kept us in close proximity to Nice, the French Riviera, and also to nearby Monaco, good day-trip adventures. Actually, a few more days would have been nice, Vence and the surrounding area have many things to see and experience. Go to the tourist office on 8, Place du Grand Jardin and get a tourist map. There is also a public WC here. There is good public parking available right beside the office, turn in off of Av. de la Resistance to Rue Marie Antoinette. Across the street from the tourist office is Place Du Grand Jardin, this will put you into the City Centre and the Cite Historique. We were here on a Saturday, so there was bit of an open-air market happening. There is a fountain here from which you can fill up your water bottle. Vence is well known for its spring water, indeed, there are fountains all around the town. Before you enter the "Old City”, go up Rue du Docteur Binet, here you will find Le Frene, an ash tree planted in 1538 by Francois 1st. The Foundation Emile Hugues, a modern and contemporary art museum is just across the street. If you would like a "view", continue a bit further and you will come to a little square that gives you a great picture of the La Lubiane valley: there is a sign here describing the visible features, etc. There is also a fountain here, sit a bit and enjoy the panoramic view. Matisse's Chapelle de Rosaire is visible from here, so if you are intending to visit, you can check out how to get to it.
Enter into the "Cite Historique" through the Porte du Peyra, here you will find another fountain, originally from 1578, and rebuilt in 1822. You are now entering the Place du Peyra. Interestingly, people built up against the city walls, the result now being that houses and shops are actually part of the wall. There are five Portes (gates) built into the walls, follow the narrow streets and you will enter small, tree-lined squares. Here you will often find a "fountain", small shops, certainly restaurants as well as something "Historique".
Vence's medieval walled town bursts out at the seams with something "Historique"! The Rue de Portique encompasses a section of an old Roman road that went from Cimiez to Salinae. This Roman influence is also seen, by the presence of two stones set in the wall on either side of the entrance to the cathedral, one dates to 239 AD, the other to 220 AD. Indeed, La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence was built in the 4th century on the site of a Roman temple. Inside, there are relics and tombs dating back to the 5th century. Don't miss the museum on the top floor, it houses a moving collection of very old carvings which depict the events leading up to and including the Crucifixion. On the more modern end of things, in the baptistery, there is a mosaic by Marc Chagall, "Moses saved from the Waters". The Cathedral shares the Place Clemenceau with the town hall, built in 1911. If you are not tired of the amazing yet, your tourist map will lead you on.
Vence is quite a town, but you will have to leave some time for its smaller sister, the nearby town of St. Paul de Vence. This hilltop town is one of the oldest and best-preserved medieval towns in the French Riviera. As you wander up its narrow, winding streets, be sure to take in its many fine, little shops and restaurants. Enjoy fabulous vistas on the southern portion of its wall. Here, you will see the French landscape with the Mediterranean framed in the distance, and down below, observe people paying homage at the grave of Marc Chagall, buried in St. Paul's 15th century cemetery. St.Paul has a long history associated with famous painters, evident in its many modern and contemporary art museums.
Lots to see, but a person also needs refreshment in the form of food and drink. There, obviously is no shortfall here! As we were staying in an Airbnb, we were able to choose between eating out or cooking our own food. The place where we were staying was off the main road, in a very peaceful setting, so a nice place to make and enjoy eating our meals. Eating out is quite expensive, so being prepared to cook some meals on your own, strikes a good balance. We bought our groceries at Monaprix in Vence, enough for a few suppers and several breakfasts. Although we didn't eat out a lot, we can certainly give the following establishments good recommendations.
We enjoyed a nice supper at "Bistrot du Peyra, just inside Peyra Square. We had good service in very pleasant surroundings. We ordered from a well-appointed menu, grilled duck breast (citrus sauce) with potatoes in skins, and, a sirloin steak with onions and fries, all washed down with fizzy water, 39.90 Euro. Sound good? It was! There was a nice bakery just outside the Peyra gate called Patisserie Palangue. We found this to be a nice place to have breakfast as well as lunch. Coffee, sausage rolls, croissants makes for a very nice breakfast. You are in the land of bakeries and there are many to choose from. It makes me hungry, I think we need to come back!
If you are going to be in Southeastern France, then Vence is a nice, central place to base yourself!
Written January 23, 2019
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Active Footprint Creative
Cape Town15 contributions
a must see
Jan 2019 • Solo
when in the old town, stroll to the old Frene planted in the 15OO's, and go see the views of the mountains. Nice Art Galleries, and great little restaurants, especially nice in Summer, for tapas and drinks, and shops close between 1 and 330 pm...
Written January 8, 2019
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