Visit Cap Ferrat and Villa Ephrussi for a Touch of Italy in France
Located on the gorgeous Cap Ferrat peninsula, overlooking the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer, is an Italian-style villa built during France’s Belle Époque by Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. The mansion, with its nine exquisite gardens, was bequeathed in 1934 to the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France.
Original article by Cheryl of Cobblestones and Vineyards and photos of their visit to the stunning Villa Ephrussi and its gardens.
Images from La Belle Èpoque (1871-1914) on the French Riviera generate the impression of a whimsical golden era brimming with pleasurable pursuits and indulgences. It was a time of pure fantasy; the stuff little girls might dream of — castles, palatial homes, ball gowns and glass slippers. Madame Ephrussi was born a Rothschild and married into a banking family. From a young age, her life revolved around luxury goods, top fashion and fabulous artwork. By 1904, she was divorced, but (thankfully) her family’s inheritance was in tack. Discover Villa Ephrussi and its annual flower show.
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