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St-Tropez acquired its name in AD 68 when a Roman officer named Torpes was beheaded on Nero’s orders in Pisa, and packed into a boat with a dog and a rooster to devour his remains. His headless corpse washed up here intact, leading the villagers to adopt him as their patron saint.

For centuries St-Tropez remained a peaceful little fishing village, attracting painters like the pointillist Paul Signac, but few tourists. That changed dramatically in 1956 when Et Dieu Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman) was shot here starring Brigitte Bardot (aka BB), catapulting it into the international limelight.