"Beautiful walled town" Vence by Flying.Scotsman

Vence Travel Guide: 82 reviews and 370 photos

Lovely town, expensive cherries and Matisse chapel

Vence is another "village perché" which is an easy day tip from Nice. Like Biot, the best "thing to do" is to wander, explore, and get lost in the narrow streets and squares. The sign below describes why many of the houses are built into the town walls. I have a couple of pages of pictures in the "things to do" section which will give you an idea of what it looks like. Apart from the town itself, the views over the hills are stunning.

Outside the town, about a 15 minute walk is the Matisse Chapel. This is a major tourist attraction and I'm sure if you are a particular follower of Matisse, you will want to see it. I, personally thought it had all the warmth of a public toilet, complete with "grafitti" drawings by Matisse. Sorry, not impressed. A friend of mine thought it was the highlight of his visit to the area, so judge for yourself.

Oh, almost forgot about the cherries. There was a market stall selling new season cherries for €54.95 per kilo. We asked the lady to weigh one cherry and it cost €1.65! Advice: Wait for the season to be in full swing before you buy cherries in Vence.

  • Last visit to Vence: May 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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