Ventimiglia is a northern Italian border town in Liguria and is very near Menton in the French Riviera. It is located at the terminus of the coastal railway line running between Nice and Monaco, on the Gulf of Genoa. The town is divided by the mouth of the Roia River into two parts and includes a small harbor. If you are in Menton, you can easily walk across the border to Ventimiglia for a daytrip in Italy. Many tourists go to Ventimiglia for the Friday market, which sells clothes, leather goods and fresh produce. Two of the best places to dine and stay in the area are in Hotel Princess & Richmond and the Hotel l’Aiglon.
Hotel Princess et Richmond is a three-star property owned by the Caravelli family. A quaint and pretty hotel that has been around since 1927, Princess and Richmond is updated to suite contemporary tastes but has not failed to maintain its authentic charm among the locals and a solid reputation in the international market. The hotel is situated right in front of the beach where guests can enjoy the Mediterranean sun. Nice is only a 30-minute drive away and Menton is only 7 kilometres. Most rooms in the hotel include a balcony with a view overlooking the sea or the mountains. Amenities also include a Jacuzzi bathtub, a bar, and a fitness room. Animals are welcome without charge. The hotel restaurant is one of the finest in the region and serves Contemporary French and Mediterranean haute cuisine. The menu changes with the season depending on what is available in the local market, guaranteeing the freshest produce.
Hotel Aiglon is an old mansion renovated into a quaint hotel reminiscent of the glorious and glamorous belle epoque era. Elegant antiques are combined with modern furniture to provide the utmost luxury and comfort for guests. The renowned restaurant serves modern French and Mediterranean haute cuisine and has an extensive wine list to pair with the good food.