The historic old town

The historic old town

An incredible medieval enclosure

The historic part of Vencereveals itself within an medieval enclosure totally preserved : this city centre abounds with history while at the same time being full of life. 

Once inside the city walls you can discover countless alleyways where you can enjoy life and where you feel like wandering around. As a family, as a couple or with a group of friends, this stroll invites you to meet the locals and the shop owners : an experience on a human scale. Take the opportunity to drink a cup of coffee, to sit on a bench in the sun… just enjoy life. 

But the historic old town is also an invitation to a trip into 2000 years of history. This visit allows you to discover the rich heritage of the city through its alleyways, its squares, its monuments… or even its fountains. You enter the old town through one of the 5 gates surrounding the medieval enclosure; you can discover the magnificient cathedral or drink the water of the Foux which flows in the numerous fountains, for example the Peyra Fountain, which is a classified historic landmark.

In the course of this walk around Vence you can discover France’s smallest cathedral or stop at Europe’s smallest square, the Place Vieille. 



Available on demand at the Tourist Office 
Guided tour :Vence, the historic old town
Or a customised guided tour for your children :Vence for families 
5 Euro / person, free for children under 12 years
You can visit the city for free with the help of information signs situated all over town.