City Guide: Ventimiglia

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.

Teatro, Giardini Pubblici and Beach of Ventigmiglia

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.

Ventimiglia Teatro

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.

Passerella Squarciafichi and the Roya River

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.

Ventimiglia Passerella Squarciafichi

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.

Ventimiglia Roya River

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.

The colorful Old Town of Ventigmiglia

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.

Ventimiglia Old Town

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.

Ventimiglia Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

Yet, I also enjoyed checking out the San Michele Arcangelo Church, which is located a few hundred meters away from the Cathedral of Ventimiglia.

Ventimiglia San Michele Arcangelo

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.

Overall impressions of Ventimiglia

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!

Do you have any questions about Ventimiglia? Feel free to ask or share your impressions in the comments!

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7 Comments on “City Guide: Ventimiglia”

  1. Ventimiglia is popular with those of us who live on Cote d’Azur because it has an excellent market. It’s nice to pop over the border for a spot of food shopping, and lunch!

  2. I was very close to this town few months back. Must head back soon and explore the French Riviera too 🙂 Nice post!

  3. You captured Ventimiglia so beautifully in your photos! I used to make the trip every few weeks for groceries when I lived in Nice.

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