Grasse was detached from the department of Var in 1860 to form with the county of Nice the department of Alpes-Maritimes of which it is the sub-prefecture. It is on the limestone hill of Le Puy that the medieval village was built, which remains the historical heart. In the Middle Ages, the city of Grasse specialized in leather: hides were tanned on the spot and then exported to Italy. A craftsman had the idea of creating the first perfumed leather gloves and allowed the rise of the "glove perfumers" who acquired a deserved reputation among the nobility. The Place aux Aires, crossed by a canal, was for a long time the stronghold of the tanners. When the leather industry declined, the perfume industry took over with the craze for creams, soaps and eaux parfums with rare scents demanded by all the courts of Europe: lavender, myrtle, jasmine, rose, carnation, mimosa, tuberose, violet? From the end of the 18th century, Grasse experienced an extraordinary development of perfumery which still makes it shine today. The hillside Provençal city is considered to be the perfume capital of the world.

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Grasse, la ville aux senteurs de la Côte d'Azur

Grasse was detached from the Var department in 1860 to form the Alpes-Maritimes department with the county of Nice of which it is the sub-prefecture. It is on the limestone hill of Le Puy that the medieval village was built, which remains the historical heart. To the north of Cannes, this Provençal city clinging to the hillside is also considered to be the world capital of perfume. Zoom in on a charming Côte d'Azur escapade. At the ...

Parfums interdits au musée Fragonard à Grasse

The gallant scenes of Marguerite Gérard and Louis-Léopold Boilly never explicitly show a carnal exchange but rather encourage the complicit smile of the spectator's double-hearing as in the Dutch painting of the Golden Age, from which they successfully handled the suggestive codes. This equivocal repertoire allowed amateurs to detect the touch of spiciness that could hide behind the exchange of a letter, the gift of a hunter, a young woman ...

L'email Gourmand fête ses 15 ans

The 15 candles of the reference site of the gourmet news in the PACA region were blown out Monday evening in the city of Grasse during an event organized for this purpose. A cocktail reception commemorated these beautiful years of news at Bastide Saint-Antoine where friends, chiefs and vineyards were in the spotlight. Congratulations to Michelle and Gérard Bernar who keep us informed of the latest news on Provençal and Mediterranean ...

Les 10 meilleures destinations pour un week-end en France

Need a break to breathe while waiting for the next summer holidays or simply to escape for a long weekend... But where to go for a weekend in France? You live there, but do you really know its territory well? It is time to discover our dear beautiful France! The most visited country in the world, France has splendid cities and monuments. We bet you didn't see everything? From North to South, from East to West, from the English Channel to the ...