Ventimiglia is a town on the northwest part of the Italian Riviera on Italy’s west coast, the last town before the French border. The modern part of the town runs along the sea while the old town is uphill on the other side of the Roja River. Since Ventimiglia is on the main rail line between Genoa and France, it makes a good base for visiting the northwestern part of the Italian Riviera and Liguria, the French Riviera, and glitzy Montecarlo.
Ventimiglia has a charming, beachy feel and it has a character unlike any other Riviera town, retaining its traditional identity while adopting an eclectic selection of the new. It’s an honest, understated yet interesting place to visit, explore or just be.
On Fridays, tourists flock to the famous open-air market. The seafront is lined with stands offering deals on handmade clothing, leather goods, produce, freshly caught fish, Italian food specialities, wine, and, of course, flowers. Year-round, the streets are lined with buzzing cafes, casual restaurants, family-run bakeries, upscale shops selling all manner of Italian specialties. Beyond the shops and market, Ventimiglia’s dining options are vast. The seaside promenade is lined with everything from casual cafes serving pizza and pasta to upscale seafood restaurants offering ocean views and extensive wine lists.
There is an expansive beach right near the centre of Ventimiglia, where it is possible to hire sun loungers and umbrellas for the day at one of its beach bars. If sunbathing isn’t your thing, why not take a stroll along the extensive lungomare (promenade).