The Paris region, also called Île-de-France, has more than 130 castles, built since the Middle Ages. The royal Palace of Fontainebleau, a real house of Kings and Emperors of France for eight centuries, the Palace of Vaux-le-Vicomte of Nicolas Fouquet which serves as inspiration for the construction of the castle of Versailles, under Louis XIV (the Sun King), are exceptional places of extraordinary beauty, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Parisian region was also a source of inspiration for many artists who prefer to leave the Parisian Bohemian lifestyle of the Belle Époque, in order to find their inspiration in the beautiful villages surrounded by green landscapes around Paris. Monet’s house and gardens in the picturesque village of Giverny, the Auberge Ravoux “known as the Van Gogh House” in Auvers-sur-Oise, the Barbizon school, “knows as the village of neo-impressionist landscape painters”, of Camille Corot, Jean-François Millet, Théodore Rousseau, are mythical places that have seduced young artists from all over the world.
Let yourself be seduced by the cultural diversity offered by the Parisian region and discover the architectural and historical places of France.