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Ventimiglia

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Gardens · Historic Walking Areas · Beaches
Ventimiglia is a city, comune (municipality) and bishopric in Liguria, northern Italy, in the province of Imperia. It is located 130km southwest of Genoa by rail, and 7km from the French-Italian border, on the Gulf of Genoa, having a small harbour at the mouth of the Roia River, which divides the town into two parts. Ventimiglia's urban area has a population of 55,000.Origin of nameThe name derives from ancient Ligurian dialect, in Latin “Albium Intemelium”, meaning capital city of the Intemelii.HistoryVentimiglia is the ancient Albium Intemelium, the capital of the Intemelii, a Ligurian tribe. Albintimilium became a municipium in 89 BC. In AD 69 the city was sacked by the army of Otho and Vitellius, but recovered to remain prosperous into the 5th century, surrounded by walls with cylindrical towers built at each change of direction.In the Gothic Wars it was besieged by the Byzantines and the Goths, and later suffered from the raids of Rothari, King of the Lombards, but flourished again under Rodoald. In the 10th century it was attacked by the Saracens of Fraxinet. After a period as an independent commune, it was ruled by the Counts of Ventimiglia, and often had to fight with the Republic of Genoa.
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Giardini Botanici Hanbury - Villa Hanbury ©
Garden
Giardini Botanici Hanbury - Villa Hanbury
3.9
Duration: 3 hours
Vieille Ville de Vintimille
Historic Walking Area
Vieille Ville de Vintimille
3.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
Church
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Le Calandre Beach ©
Beach
Le Calandre Beach
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Ventimiglia

Pista Ciclabile Area 24 - Sanremo
Biking Trail
Pista Ciclabile Area 24 - Sanremo Sanremo
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia) ©
Ruin
Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia) Sanremo
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Budello di Alassio ©
Historic Walking Area
Budello di Alassio Alassio
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Ventimiglia

Balzi Rossi Caves - Grimaldi ©
History Museum
Balzi Rossi Caves - Grimaldi
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Cactusmania Di Manera Bruno ©
Landmark
Cactusmania Di Manera Bruno
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museo Civico Archeologico Girolamo Rossi ©
History Museum
Museo Civico Archeologico Girolamo Rossi
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Oratorio dei Neri ©
Religious Site
Oratorio dei Neri
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Ventimiglia

Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo ©
Church
Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chiostro di Sant'Agostino ©
Church
Chiostro di Sant'Agostino
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Cattedrale di Nostra Signora dell'Orto
Church
Cattedrale di Nostra Signora dell'Orto
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Ventimiglia

Frantoio da Olive Gaziello
Gift & Specialty Shop
Frantoio da Olive Gaziello
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Il Mercato del Venerdi ©
Flea Market
Il Mercato del Venerdi
2.5
Duration: 4 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Ventimiglia

Bagni San Giuseppe ©
Beach
Bagni San Giuseppe
3.3
Duration: 4 hours

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