Cezanne’s elegant hometown, filled with fountains and beautiful mansions, works of art and excellent restaurants. The ‘Florence of France’.
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Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France|www.museegranet-aixenprovence.fr
A must for any art lover, the Granet Museum has a fascinating archaeological collection (including a reconstructed Celtic ‘head cult’ temple from nearby Entremont) and a remarkable array of works by Rubens, Rembrandt and Ingres.
Its 10 Cezanne paintings include a portrait of Emile Zola, the artist’s boyhood friend in Aix. From the 20th century come works by Giacometti, Mondrian, Balthus and Morandi and the excellent Collection Planque, with paintings by Degas, Picasso, de Stael, Braque and Klee.
Getting there & doing it
Avoid the queues for special exhibitions by purchasing tickets online through the museum website and printing them out at home.
Guided tours in English are available once a month on select dates – see the website for specific dates and times.
You can also download several different themed information booklets. Worth checking before you go to see which one you prefer.
When to do it
The museum is open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays. In peak summer, arrive early (10am) to beat the crowds.
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Gorgeous landscapes peppered with beautiful villages, sunflowers and lavender, art-filled towns, lively cultural festivals and exquisite food and wine. Provence is everything you imagined it would be.