Ventimiglia is an Italian city bordering France. Located on the Gulf of Genoa, right next to the Côte d’Azur, the city doesn’t only come with a very nice location, but is beautiful itself. Read why in this extensive city guide!
When visiting Nice, Cannes and Menton, we decided to also do a day trip to Venitmiglia. The city can be reached by train from the Côte d’Azur quite easily and is a perfect destination for a few hours. Even though Ventimiglia isn’t very big with a population of just 25.000 inhabitants, the city is totally worth visiting.
If you are arriving by train, I’d recommend to walk around the streets near the train station for a while. Here, you’ll find some typical Italian streets full of life, nice restaurants and gelaterias (ice cream shops).
The most noteworthy building in this “new” part of the city, is the beautiful Teatro di Ventimiglia.
When walking in direction of the sea, you’ll pass the Giardini Pubblici, a small park close to the beach. It’s a nice place for a quick break or enjoying the sun.
The beach is just a few steps further South and comes with an interesting mix of stones, sand and other materials. It’s not the typical beach you’d expect on the Mediterranean Sea, but it’s nice to walk around for a while.
Yet, the real highlight of Ventigmiglia isn’t its beach, but its beautiful old town.
As the city is split in two parts by the Roya River, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a beautiful panorama when walking to the old town. Therefore, you need to take the small Passerella Squarciafichi, a pedestrian bridge.
From here, you can enjoy amazing views of the city, which is located on a hill and thus is especially nice to watch from this perspective.
Yet, the city itself isn’t the only spot worth watching here as the river, which is coming from the mountains and flows into the sea in Ventigmiglia, is just totally beautiful.
Thus, you should definitely take this way to get to the old town of this little Italian gem.
Walking up to the Old Town of Ventimiglia can be a somewhat exhausting experience as you’d basically need to climb up a hill on cobblestone streets and paths. Yet, it’s totally worth it as the historic Old Town is incredible charming, with tiny streets, narrow roads and colorful houses.
Everything here feels like you really arrived in Italy. Obviously, there is not only one, but two churches in this tiny city. The most important one is the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta with its famous clock tower.
Yet, I also enjoyed checking out the San Michele Arcangelo Church, which is located a few hundred meters away from the Cathedral of Ventimiglia.
Another spot I’d recommend visiting is the view point of Ventimiglia, where you can enjoy very nice views of the bay and the sea.
After that, you may just stroll around town a bit more or dine in one of the small Italian restaurants.
Ventimiglia isn’t a major metropolis and it’s also not as much of a famous touristic destination as Milan or Rome. Yet, visiting the city when you are at the Côte d’Azur is an amazing experience as the Italian town feels very different and has its very own charm. In my opinion, not only the beach, but in particular the Old Town as well as it’s “skyline” when being watched from the little pedestrian bridge make Ventimiglia a place you should see in your life!
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