Follow the literary crowd to Antibes and Rome

From Fitzgerald and Hemingway to James and Wharton, the literary set would no doubt be delighted to base themselves at these new apartments

A four-bedroom penthouse at Parc du Cap, Antibes, with a panoramic perspective of the Riviera
A four-bedroom penthouse at Parc du Cap, Antibes, with a panoramic perspective of the Riviera

Wintering in southern Europe with its sunny skies and temperate weather is a tradition American writers made fashionable long ago. The Fitzgerald/Hemingway crowd used to cluster around the bar at Le Provençal, the deco masterpiece in Antibes currently in the early stages of a renaissance. Those who want to establish themselves in good time for the opening could consider a purchase at the Parc du Cap, an up-to-the minute development just a few steps away, whose four-bedroom penthouses(caudwellcollection.com; €4.95m) are accompanied by a private rooftop pool, expansive terrace and panoramic perspective of the Riviera. Writers of an older school, like Henry James and Edith Wharton, favoured the more historic pleasures of Rome, and would, no doubt, have been delighted to base themselves at Monticello, a collection of 34 chic, contemporary apartments(savills.com; from €940,000 to €5.1m) with views of the Vatican and the seven hills.

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