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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild


10 km from Nice
15 km from Monaco

Between Nice and Monaco via the Basse Corniche (N98) road.



Gestion : CulturEspaces

Property of l'Académie des Beaux-Arts de l'Institut de France.

Tel. : +33 4 93 01 33 09

Fax : +33 4 93 01 31 10


Opening times

The Villa is open every day.
From March to October : from 10 a.m to 6 p.m (7 p.m in July and August).
From November to February : weekends and holidays from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. / weekdays from 2 p.m to 6 p.m.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

The cultural gift shop is open during the Villa’s opening times.

The tea room is open during the Villa’s opening times. From november to mid February: only weekends, holidays and bank holidays. From mid February to October : Villa opening times.

Audio guides available in seven languages: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Russian.

Visits 2012

Audio guides available in seven languages: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Russian.

Accessible to people with limited mobility Airport / Aerodrome nearby Children's playground Shop Parking area for camper vans and caravans Dogs admitted when kept on lead Group visit Audio guide Room hire Free bus parking Open 7 days out of 7 Shady picnic areas Sale of flowers and plants Restaurant Tearoom

Rates 2012

Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa
Adults: 12 €
Concessions*: 9 €
Free for children under 7 years of age, journalists and employed in the tourist trade.
Adults group : 9 €
Schoolchildren: 5 €
(*) children from 7 to 17, students, teachers, job-seekers

Combined ticket Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild + Villa Kérylos
Adults: 18 €
Concessions*: 13,50 €
Free for children under 7 years of age, journalists and employed in the tourist trade.
Adults group: 13,50 €
Schoolchildren: 7,50 €
(*) children from 7 to 17, students, teachers, job-seekers


Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild

Recognised as "historical monument" and "remarkable gardens"

Built on the narrowest part of the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat promontory, this sumptuous palazzo, one of the finest listed buildings on the French Riviera, has views over the Bay of Villefranche on one side and the Bay of Beaulieu on the other. The Villa is surrounded by nine magnificent gardens offering patios, waterfalls, ponds, herbaceous borders, shady paths and rare trees. These are the Florentine, Spanish French, Exotic, Japanese, Stone and Provencal gardens.

The formal French garden

The perfect symmetry of the formal French garden, overlooking all the others, is structured around a large ornamental pond, in sharp contrast to its exotic palm trees and clumps of succulent agaves.

The rose garden

The rose garden surrounds an exquisite hexagonal temple. Béatrice Ephrussi grew almost 100 varieties of roses here, one of which is named after her.

The Spanish garden

The Spanish garden, with its grotto supported by pink marble columns, its pond, dolphin fountain and pergola, is reminiscent of the world-famous gardens at Aranjuez, near Madrid.

The Florentine garden

The Florentine garden overlooks the Bay of Villefranche. At its centre is a wide horseshoe staircase framing an enchanting grotto planted with philodendron, water hyacinth and giant papyrus.

The stone garden

Set among the camphor and Judas trees of the stone garden are a wealth of arches, fountains, sculpted capitals, gargoyles and other grotesque figures dating from the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

The Japanese garden

The Japanese garden offers a mixture of dainty ceramic temples and pagodas, bamboo thickets and ornamental ponds surrounded by giant acanthus plants.

The exotic garden

The exotic garden will astonish visitors with its extraordinary range of agaves and giant cacti.

And so, the Sevres garden and the Provencal garden...


  • All year: The Musical Fountains

    The Musical Fountains are unveiled in the gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The fountains are choreographed to each individual piece of music. The jets in the main central pond and four side ponds dance in time to the music, creating a true aquatic ballet. Set to majestic works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Wagner and Bach and enhanced with light effects, the graceful Musical Fountains cast their spell, presenting a unique and original water spectacle.

  • 6 to 8 May: The Rose Festival

    For the 3rd year running, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is celebrating the rose in all its forms. This grand event brings together rose growers and horticulturists as well as craftspeople creating everything associated with roses and flowers.

  • 24 June: A day's painting

    For one day the Villa invites professional and amateur painters to practice their brushwork in an exceptional setting.

  • 16 September: Heritage Days / Children’s day

    For the Heritage Days, children will be celebrated with specials activities.

  • 29 and 30 September: The Cactus Festival

    The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is organising its second exhibition of cacti and succulents.