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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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Absolutely loved the apartment every morning could hear the surf it was so near the beach . The apartment had everything in that we needed , enjoyed the resort Ventimiglia and even tho we could,t speak a lot of italian we did very well and enjoyed the locals and listening to them talk. Well worth what we paid for the apartment
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We really enjoyed our holiday staying in this pretty house in the unspoiled medieval part of Ventimiglia. Being situated on the hill above the newer part of town meant we had lovely sea views, and it was easy to walk to the pebble beaches in Ventimiglia. A slightly longer walk, with views along the coast to Monaco along the way, led to the sandy Calandre beach where we spent a lot of our holiday & was enjoyed by us, our children & grandchild! A frequent rail service meant it was easy to visit Monaco & Nice, and it was nice to be able to explore the old walled part of town - friendly locals & good amenities including shops, bars & restaurants. The climate & sunshine meant that we really appreciated having the courtyard with the shade afforded by the established plants, and the view out to sea. Would love to return!
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  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017