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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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The imposing pink and white Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, also known as Villa Ile-de-France, occupies the narrowest part of the entrance of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula and it is a splendid Belle Époque mansion built to house the art collections of the Rothschild family.

Built between 1905 and 1912, it has been maintained more like a lived-in mansion than a museum and is a definitive homage to Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild (1864-1934), the flamboyant daughter of Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, a Governor of the Banque de France and wife of wealthy banker, Maurice Ephrussi.

Aside from a spectacular mansion decorated with exquisite antiques, fine carpets and rare porcelain, the Villa is surrounded by 9 distinctive gardens based on different themes: Spanish, Florentine, Stone, Japanese, Exotic, English, Provencal, French Traditional and Sèvres.

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Written by  Alexander Coles.

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