Listed as a Monument Historique (national heritage site) since 2007
The tattooed villa of Santo Sospir
The multi-talented Jean Cocteau was a loyal visitor to the French Riviera, leaving his mark on many of its towns.
In 1950, when the poet had just finished filming “Les Enfants Terribles”, his friend Francine Weisweiller invited him to spend a few days at her villa at Cap Ferrat.
Seduced by its beauty and magic, Jean Cocteau was to stay at the villa for several months and soon became a regular visitor. During his first stay, he began to 'tattoo' the villa's bare white walls.
He once said, "A young woman lives in Santo Sospir. It wasn't a question of decorating the walls, but rather drawing on their skin: I created linear frescoes with the minimum of colour to bring out the tattoos. Santo Sospir is a tattooed villa."
Guided tour by appointment only.