Built upon the narrowest point of the isthmus of Cap Ferrat, Beatrice de Rothschild's villa looks over the bay of Ville franche to the west and over the sea to Italy on the east. The villa, built under the personal supervision of Beatrice herself, houses an eclectic collection of fine art, furniture, porcelain all bequeathed by the Baroness to the French state, on the condition that it was to "keep the essence of a private salon". So it is that in the colonnaded covered patio, a perfect setting for opera, our audience can experience the eighteenth century intimacy of a private musical soirée, surrounded by precious works of art exactly as Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild intended.

The gardens of the Villa, covering several acres, are a marvel in themselves. With seven distinct areas leading from the classic French garden immediately in front of the House through a Spanish style patio garden through Florentine, rock, Japanese, exotic plant, and rose gardens to the natural Provencal garden. The gardens have been restored and maintained by the Friends of the Villa and are visited by horticultural devotees from all over the world.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

The Rothschilds had a ton of money and they knew how to live in style surrounding themselves with beauty. The gardens are wonderfully maintained and classic in style.

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