Today discover the vision, passion, and
beauty of two remarkable villas on the French Riviera. First
depart along the Mediterranean coast via a sweeping road to
Beaulieu sur Mer and the villa Kerylos. Meaning "sea
swallow," the villa is an exact replica of one that
stood upon the island of Delos in Greece in the 2nd century
in Mediterranean surroundings, similar to the coasts of
Greece, the villa stands out against an imposing cliff face.
The villa was duplicated to the smallest detail of that in
ancient times, including the use of only noble materials -
stone, marble, ivory, and bronze. It is a striking image of refinement and beauty;
even in Greece today there is not a museum that evokes the
daily life of the ancient Hellenes so eloquently.
From the villa Kerylos
depart to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, a rugged promontory boasting
many palatial estates and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.
The villa houses the "Ile de France" museum - a
priceless collection the Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de
Rothschild assembled throughout her life.
Inspired by the great
Renaissance residences of Venice and Florence, the villa
contains an exceptional collection of porcelains, furniture,
carpets, tapestries, and canvases. After a guided visit
through the rooms and exhibits displayed within the
apartments of Madame de Ephrussi, you may stroll the French,
Spanish, Florentine and Japanese gardens surrounding the
villa. Following your exploration, return to Monaco along the
Lower Corniche road.