Picasso's 17th Century Chateau Opens To The Public

May 7, 2009 | By | Reply More
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There are few spots outside of Paris that attract more visitors than the Monet gardens at Giverny.  Now an equally famous painter’s home is opening to the public – Picasso’s storied Chateau de Vauvenargues just outside of Aix-en-Provence in the South of France.  The home has been closed for the 35 years since Picasso’s death, but will now open in celebration of 50 years since his occupancy.

The grand chateau will welcome pre-reserved tours from May 25th until September 27, seven days a week.  Small groups of 18 will be hosted by a guide with entry each half hour.  Tours will visit Picasso’s suite of private rooms including the diningroom, bedroom, bathroom (with Picasso’s painted wall above the tub), and of course his studio.  Picasso and his wife Jacqueline have been laid to rest at the foot of the main steps on the terrace.  Tickets can be purchased for 7.70 euros at the Aix en Provence Tourist Board and the Granet Museum.

Now no visit to Provence will be complete without an homage to the landscapes made famous by both Cezanne and Picasso.

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Category: France, Unique Vacations