History of Saint-Tropez

It goes back to the highest antiquity but its prosperity really begins only at the end of the 15th century. Impressed by the beauty of the place, Maupassant and Signac contributed to its fame which was confirmed and internationalized in the 1950s.

During your stay in our hotel on the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, you will have plenty of time to discover the history of Saint-Tropez. This history begins in… Pisa, at least for the origin of its name. It is indeed in this city that Caius Silvius Torpetius, steward of Nero’s palace, was put to death by the Emperor because of his conversion to the Christian faith. Legend has it that his body was then placed in a boat, along with a rooster and a dog, and that the winds carried this strange boat to the shores of the gulf first called San Torpes and then Saint-Tropez. But long before this mythical event, the site of Saint-Tropez had been appreciated by the Etruscans, the Greeks and the Romans, who had established trading posts there.

At the end of the 15th century, after the arrival of several Genoese families, the city became more and more prosperous. At the end of the 19th century, a new golden age began when artists such as Guy de Maupassant and Paul Signac discovered the luminosity and beauty of the place. Saint-Tropez then became a fashionable destination and its fame went beyond national borders when Roger Vadim shot “Et Dieu… créa la femme” (And God… created women) in 1956 with an actress forever associated with the history of the town: Brigitte Bardot. The seaside resort then became an unavoidable resort for celebrities from all over the world and for tourists who dream of meeting them.