Beautiful Belle Époque architecture from 1911
The beautiful Villa Alexandrine houses, today, the local tourist office in Vence, as well as a very interesting museum about the Polish writer, Witold Gombrowicz.
The villa dates from 1911 and represents one of the jewels of the Belle Époque architecture.
Named after local trader’s daughter
Villa Alexandrine is named after Alexandrine Magdaleine Audibert, daughter of a successful carpenter who was born and raised in the city.
Alexandrine died in 1940 and, 24 years later, the great Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz moves into the villa. Here he lives until his death in 1969 at just 65 years old.
The 400m2 villa is then not maintained and is quietly due over time, and is finally just a shadow of its former greatness.
Vence buys the villa
When the city of Vence buys Villa Alexandrine in 1988, it generates special interest from the Polish government. Through cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Culture, which benefits from the Poles’ expertise in restoration, the entire villa will be completely renovated in 2016-2017 for a total of EUR 1.8 million.
La Villa Alexandrine in 5 floors
The ground floor now houses the local tourist office for Vence, in a significantly larger and more modern version than the previous one with several functional rooms, plasma screens, digital tablets, shop, meeting rooms, etc.
The 1st floor is an exhibition space for local creation and artists from Vence. There are also opportunities to hold exhibitions, conferences, cultural meetings, etc.
The 2nd floor is a museum dedicated to the author Witold Gombrowicz, whose international fame is particularly pronounced in Poland and Argentina.
The 3rd floor offers visitors a magnificent view to photograph the city and square, Place du Grand Jardin.
4th floor, the tower room, shows beautiful views of the Place du Grand Jardin, as well as a unique panoramic view of the Baou Mountains. This room is reserved for internal use and for meetings, mainly for partners and press.
By Tommy Sverre – 2022