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“Wait til next year”
Review of Villa Domergue

Villa Domergue
Ranked #22 of 94 things to do in Cannes
Certificate of Excellence
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Hawaii
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192 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Wait til next year”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

A bus and a long uphill (then all the way back down to Cannes) walk, ending with a fabulous view of Cannes and the Bay and some beautiful gardens. BUT the Villa was a HUGE disappointment! Where the entrance and rooms had great bay views, someone had covered them up with black boxes and mediocre art. The grand room (artist's studio), with its fabulous chandeliers and views and staircase, was entirely hidden with boxes and separations for unmemorable art...and the rest of the villa was corded off - the salons upstairs, the kitchen/dining areas, etc. I would have much preferred seeing the villa (restored or not), with original furnishings and art...or some suitable sculptures and paintings, but alas instead someone filled the 2 open rooms with art unplaced at other museums (2nd rate) and covered up what were once breathtaking views. Quel dommage!!
I was the ONLY person there for an hour, and I know why. Wait til next year.
PS. Even with my press pass I was forbidden to take photos, but don't let the views fool you. This attraction is only half-baked.

Visited July 2014
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Berlin, Germany
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I was there for an classical concert at Festval d'art russe. It's a Great location with grandiose view over Cannes, Garden and a lot of art.

Visited August 2013
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Urbana, Illinois
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great view; off the beaten track; glimpse into another era's style”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

Villa Domergue was bequeathed to the city of Cannes by its owner and is now used for VIP cocktail parties during the film festival and other events; there is an outdoor concert series in the summer on its truly spectacular grounds. It's also open for a few hours each day in the summer and is WELL worth the short trip up the hill to see, especially the gardens. The house itself is open only on the first floor and it's a quick tour through it. There are paintings by Jean-Gabriel Domergue, who was an artist and fashion designer and curator, but the real highlights are the gardens--and the view. The gardens are hard to describe: there are vistas, grottos and sculpture. It's one of our favorite places in Cannes, as it evokes an era that's gone and can be seen in a relatively short visit (an hour or so) and then you've seen something few others have, and had a special experience with a great set of vistas and view of Cannes. It's peaceful and beautiful. Great place to take memorable trip photos, as the backgrounds are hard to beat. There is some kind of city pass you can buy that lets you into other city-owned museums, or you can pay for an individual entry. Villa Domergue is well worth finding in its quiet residential neighborhood on the hill overlooking the city and bay. You probably need a car to get there unless you're really hardy and like walking uphill in the heat or are intrepid enough to figure out the bus system--or take a cab.

Visited July 2013
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