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The Jardins d’Albertas of Bouc-Bel-Air and Casanova’s Visit in Provence

Whether fiction or not, Nutmeg thinks it is appropriate that Casanova the infamous Venetian writer, gambler and reputed womanizer is weaved into the history of les Jardins d’Albertas.

Jardins d'Albertas Bouc-Bel-Air Provence

This garden, owned by the Albertas family, is located just a few minutes outside of Aix-en-Provence in the town of Bouc-Bel-Air, where the ancient village was built on a bouc (small hill).

Jardins d'Albertas Bouc-Bel-Air Provence

The roots of the Albertas family stretch from Alba, Italy to Aix-en-Provence, where their influence on the Provençal city is notable. Henri and his son Jean-Baptiste d’Albertas, both held the high-ranking title of Président de la Cour des Comptes (Court of Auditors).

Place d’Albertas Aix-en-Provence @PerfProvence

One of the most recognizable and photogenic squares in Aix is Place d’Albertas (photo above).  This sunny plaza carved out of the narrow winding streets of the old town resembles a small Italian piazza. Henri felt that the exterior of his home and his “view” were not distinguished enough. He commissioned a local architect to renew the façade of his house, and establish a vision for the future square. The work done in 1745 included the demolition of buildings across from his house in order to create the plaza. The fountain was only installed in 1912.

…Continue reading here for the complete Ginger and Nutmeg post for details on the Grand Canal and le Bassin des 17 jets. Discover why the unfinished garden might be a little like the Casanova love story.

Important details for your visit:

Les Jardins d’Albertas
Avenue de La Croix d’Or (D8n)
13320, Bouc-Bel-Air
Tel : +33 (0)4 42 22 94 71

Open May, September and October – Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 14h-18h
In June and July, the gardens are open daily from 15h-19h

Other remarkable gardens to visit in Provence:

La Louve Garden Photo Collage

Val Joanis near Pertruis

Sentiers d’Abondance in Eygalieres

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild Blooms in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

No longer open to the public:

Jardin de l’Achimiste in Provence

La Louvre in Bonnieux

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).


  1. Cardamom
    April 28, 2018 at 10:04 am — Reply

    Enjoyed your photography, don’t think we can make the trip this year, !

    • April 28, 2018 at 11:47 am — Reply

      Thanks, Cardamom – sometimes “armchair travel” is just as good as the real thing.

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