Vence was formerly the ancient Roman settlement of Vintium, and subsequently became the Bishopric and Seigneury of the Villeneuve family. This ‘City of Art’ is a lovely town sitting in the fresh air of the hills and is located only a few km from Nice and Antibes. The town has conserved much of its historical heritage and time can be spent wandering around the maze of cobbled alleyways, passing underneath refreshing vaulted passageways and admiring the Place du Peyra Renaissance and its famous fountain. Don’t miss the Gothic house on Place Godeau and the ash tree planted in memory of François 1st’s visit (1538) on Place Thiers.
Vence is a town of artists, with painters, sculptors and writers of many nationalities living and working here. The town is full of galleries and other examples of their work such as sculptures, decorated buildings and frequent (summertime) outdoor exhibits.