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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

A magnificent pink mansion sits atop a hill on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a French peninsula near its border with Italy. The villa is not well known to tourists to the French Riviera, but is a gem of the region, tucked away on a small peninsula between Nice and Monaco. And it is not necessarily easy to get to. One needs to take the bus, or an Uber, or simply walk some distance from the nearest train stop (located in Beaulieu-sur-Mer).

What makes this villa so unique is its history with the French aristocracy. The woman who lived there, Beatrice de Rothschild, bought the land and had this architectural landmark built over five years. With a free audio guide, visitors can make their way through the mansion’s many decadent rooms and halls on their own. Among the countless stories of de Rothschild are tales of her particular taste, as well as the many exotic animals she owned (including a pet monkey), and her penchant for collecting, art, antiques, china, and wigs. In today’s terms, she might be considered a hoarder.

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