Excursions and places to visit

The historical Center

The historic center of Ventimiglia dominates the mouth of the Roia river and the new city built on the edge of the sea.
In the medieval village, do not miss the palaces, the towers, the Cathedral of the Assumption with its baptistery and the Fort of the Annunziata, overlooking the sea, which today is an important multipurpose cultural center!

Hanbury Botanical Gardens

The naturalistic passion of an English family has created, since 1867 in Ventimiglia, a botanical garden for the acclimatization of plants from the most diverse areas of the world, taking advantage of the favorable position of the area and the particular mildness of the climate: the Hanbury Botanical Gardens.
Thanks to the collaboration of botanists, agronomists and landscape architects, a grandiose ensemble was created that has no equal in Europe both from the botanical point of view, with the 5800 species of ornamental, medicinal and fruit plants, and from the landscape one, thanks to the happy compositional harmony between buildings, ornamental elements and cultivated terraces.
Capo Mortola, on which the botanical garden is located, is characterized by one of the most interesting marine environments in Eastern Liguria
Tel. +39 0184 229852

Balzi Rossi

Suggestive rocks that fall into the sea, easily reachable from the coastal roads. Inside there are caves and caverns that hosted primitive man, constituting one of the most important prehistoric deposits in the world. Man lived in the spectacular caves overlooking the sea 200,000 years ago.
Its traces are preserved in the Prehistoric Museum
The place name derives from the color of the walls which, due to the presence of oxidized iron minerals, appear reddish.
The complex is made up of numerous caves and shelters and today represents one of the largest sites in Europe with prehistoric evidence.

Tel. +39 0184 38113

Fort Annunziata

True masterpiece of military engineering.
At the end of the century the fort lost strategic importance and in 1984 it was decided to create the Rossi museum, the largest archaeological museum in Liguria.
There are finds from the excavations of Album Itimilium, glass objects, engraved tombstones dating back to the 1st - 7th century AD. and marble heads of the imperial age.
Tel. +39 0184 351181

Aprosiana Library

The Aprosiana Library, founded in 1648, is located in a historic building in the medieval center of Ventimiglia and its ancient section preserves one of the most important Italian collections of 17th century works.
About 7,000 volumes remain from the historical collection, often of considerable rarity, placed in two rooms decorated with the surviving examples of the Aprosian art gallery.
Openings: From 1st October to 10th June: Monday and Saturday 9.30am - 1.30pm; Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. 3.30 - 7.30 pm From 11 June to 30 September: every day from 9.30 to 13.30
Tel. +39 0184 351209

Whale Watch

Sighting of cetaceans departing from Porto Maurizio (Imperia), ship "Il Corsaro"
A unique and exciting experience suitable for both adults and children.
The Ligurian Sea is in fact the gateway to one of the most important marine areas for the study of cetacean fauna: the International Cetacean Sanctuary, an area of about 100,000 km². Not only cetaceans, but also fish, reptiles and birds, with the guidance of an experienced team.


A typical medieval village on the hills of the Ligurian hinterland between Ventimiglia and Bordighera. For a couple of years Dolceacqua has been awarded the Orange Flag, a prestigious tourism and environmental quality mark assigned by the Italian Touring Club.
The Ponte Vecchio is the symbol of this charming village nestled in the hills of the Val Nervia.
The Painter Claude Monet, who visited the village calling it a 'jewel of lightness', painted it in two paintings, depicting the bridge itself and the castle. Today the village is still identical to how he had painted it in the late 1800s.

Roman Ventimiglia - Albintimilium

Albintimilium: the roman city where Ventimiglia stands, one of the flagships of classical civilization.
Once in the city, you don't have to walk far to get to ancient Rome.
The ancient remains are kept inside the archaeological area in Nervia.
Other monuments of great interest are the thermal baths and above all the theater

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