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Why Ventimiglia?

The first thing friends ask when you tell them you have a place in Italy is "Why Ventimiglia" and it's true, the main road through town is somewhat unprepossessing especially if you've just driven along the corniche into Italy. Indeed a writer friend who lives in the town wrote a book about the area which she wanted to title just that but Penguin, the publishers, felt that "Portraits of the Riviera" would be more suitable.

But tucked away behind that traffic-clogged main road are all sorts of fascinating places.

If you visit the enormous Friday market in Ventimiglia facing you across the river are what look like mediaeval favellas and that's the most fascinating place of all. A huge warren of cobbled passages and ancient buildings housing a large thriving community of Italians of mostly Calabrian origins with churches, palazzos, food shops, bars and restaurants make this old town unique along the French and Italian Rivieras where there are plenty of these charming mediaeval towns but none with a year-round community. In Ventimilia Alta you could be on the set of a Fellini film in the '60s where children still play outside and grandmas sit and chat.

And if you tire of the coast a very short drive or bus ride finds you in the villages of Alpes Maritime where instead of fish and Ligurian Vermentino wine you'll find wild boar and delicious Dolqueacqua rosesse on the menu.

One TGV per day goes directly from Paris to Ventimiglia so with the Eurostar to Paris now taking 2hrs 20mins and soon to be quicker it's easily possible to leave the UK in the morning and get there in time for dinner without having to get on a plane, an increasingly attractive option. Once there you don't really need a car; Ventimiglia station may not be the most handsome station in Italy but the connections from there are brilliant. One stop west and you're in France; Menton, Monaco, Nice can easily be reached for a morning's shopping or eastwards the Belle Epoque charms of San Remo are 20 mins by train. In winter the ski resort of Limone is an hour by train and for destinations further afield, direct trains go to Milan, Turin, Genoa and Venice.

Nice is of course the nearest airport and by auto-route, Ventimiglia is 40mins away.

So, in answer to their question 'why Ventimiglia?', I reply that it has everything. Great food and wine, culture, great shopping, beaches, skiing, glimpses of a lifestyle lost in much of Europe, easily accessible, good value and not over-run by tourists all of which make it the perfect place for an over-worked northern European to spend a holiday.

Written by Linda Thompson - Owner of Property 57960 in Ventimiglia, Italy

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                                                                                                Recent Reviews

                                                                                                Compact Flat with modern fittings in old town

                                                                                                4 of 5
                                                                                                Easy to find Car Park where I was met & taken to property along a winding stepped pathway between the old buildings. Nicely fitted flat with a tiny balcony for morning sun/breakfast. Large bed and good wardrobe space. Sitting area / breakfasting table were fine with TV available (nothing in English). Small shower room was clean and functional. Decent week of warm sun / cloud and nice areas to explore along both the Italian & French the coast and also into the mountains.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                                                                                                We really enjoyed our stay. The location is perfect, in the absolute center of t ...

                                                                                                4 of 5
                                                                                                We really enjoyed our stay. The location is perfect, in the absolute center of town and surrounded by local Italians. Beach, market and center are all just around the corner and there are many great places to visit by car or train. Interior and equipment of the appartment are excellent, we will surely be back!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2015
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Jul 2015

                                                                                                Liebenswertes Vogelnest über den Liguren

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                Auch wenn die Straßenführung zur Wohnung durch Steigungen und Spitzkehren gewöhnungsbedürftig erscheinen mag, so ist dies kein Hinderungsgrund. Dafür thront man(n) in und über den ligurischen Hügeln in einem sehr ansprechendem Ambiente. Die Wohnung ist liebevoll eingerichtet, größer als sie auf den Bildern erscheint und mehr als ausreichend bemessen für 2 Personen. Weiterhin ist alles sehr sauber und zweckmäßig. Maureen und Ernesto sind reizende Gastgeber. Zurückhaltend, jedoch bei Fragen und Wünschen stets "zur Stelle". Von diesem Ort kann jedenfalls prima die Gegend erkundendet werden, auch Frankreich liegt um die Ecke und man hat abends einen zauberhaften Rückzugsort. Gerne wieder!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2015
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: May 2015