The Arson villa

10 June 2019

The Arson villa was built around 1710 on the hill of Saint Barthelemy in the north side of Nice. In 1812, the property included 6.5 hectares of land planted with olive trees, orange trees, lemon trees and vineyards. Destined to be a country house for the Arson family, the Genoese-style main building has been renovated by Pierre-Joseph Arson. There were also houses, haylofers, wells and reservoirs, an oil mill ...

At the time, the inhabitants of the district were invited to the property during the patronal feast of St. Bartholomew every March 15. The fame of the garden, which became a popular place to walk, attracted prestigious visitors: Talleyrand, Queen of Württemberg, Prince Umberto, future 1st King of Italy, novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, King and Queen of Sardinia.

Since 1972, villa Arson is a public establishment of the Culure Ministry which units an art high school, a national contemporary art center, an artists' residence and a media library.

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