Plascassier is home to Domain de Manon which has cultivated Centifolia rose and jasmine for three generations exclusively for Dior. The village, officially part of Grasse, is also famous in France as the place were singer Edith Piaf died at her home in 1963.
Provence – Fact Check

The hidden heart of Provence

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Provence – Fact Check The hidden heart of Provence

In a tiny hamlet on the outskirts of Grasse, the village of Plascassier is among Provence’s most exquisite – and historic.

Tara Isabella Burton
Tara Isabella Burton Travel Writer

Take a deep breath next time you’re in Plascassier: a tiny hamlet of stone houses and winding vines sprawling around a 17th-century church. That intoxicating aroma you smell? Jasmine, so typical of Provence. There are six jasmine growers operating in Pascassier – all serving the booming perfume industry of Grasse (home of the Fragonard factory, among others).

The air is silky with the smell of jasmine, the bolder sweetness of the roses that grow alongside them, the tart, almost salty warmth of olives on the branch. The village – one of the most beautiful in Provence – is also its most fragrant.

Plascassier has a musical legacy, too. Folk heroine and acknowledged mistress of the chanson Edith Piaf lived and died here: inspired by its wild, sensual beauty. It’s not easy to reach by public transport – a rental car is necessary here – but when you’re in the heart of this remote jasmine-scented retreat, the isolation is totally worth it.

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