Vence, France, about 20 minutes away from bustling Nice, offers peace and quiet in a charming small-town setting.
High in the hills, you may not stay at a beachfront resort here, but you'll take in beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and French Riviera.
The provincial town has been walled since medieval times and served as a religious commune at its inception. Today, it is filled with art galleries, museums and boutiques. Famed French artists Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse found inspiration here, and so can you.
If you rent a car, you can call Vence home and explore Provence.