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Vence is known as the “City of Art.”  Artists flock to this little town on the Riviera, using the previous geniuses—Dufy, Matisse, Chagall, Dubuffet—as inspiration for their artwork.  Visit one of the many galleries, or simply wander around and admire the sculptures and buildings around the town.  Take a stroll down Avenue Henri Matisse and explore the Chapelle Matisse (also known as the Chapelle du Rosaire des Dominicanes de Vence).  If you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to visit an outdoor art exhibit.

This little town is not just about art; it has a great medieval history as well.  There are five medieval ports that lead into Vence: Portail Levis, Porte du Peyra, Tour-Porte du Signadour, Porte du Faubourg ou Pontis, and Porte d’Orient.  Stop by the Office de Tourisme and pick up a map for a self-guided walking tour.  Throughout Vence, there are pale-grey numbered panels that describe the historical sites on the Visite de la Cité Historique.  Don’t miss the Fountaine de la Foux, which supplies mineral water from La Foux river.  Visitors have been known to take a jug-full of the pure water!

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