Benvenuti a Ventimiglia

Ventimiglia might be a well known place for the french riviera habitants but when you are not from the area (like me) you probably never heard of it before.

Ventimiglia looks like any other town along the french riviera, it is very similar to Menton, but let’s say it has a little more of the old charm, perhaps because the italian riviera is not so popular as the french one. I can really appreciate this, first because is Italy, and second because is really around the corner from Nice, 45min by the highway.

So if you happen to be around this is a few things you can do in Ventimiglia:

Ventimiglia es un lugar bastante conocido para los habitantes de la riviera francesa, pero si no son de aqui (como yo) quizás nunca han lo han escuchado mencionar antes.

Ventimiglia se parece a cualquier otro lugar de la riviera francesa, es muy similar a Menton, pero digamos que tiene un poco mas autenticidad, quizás porque la riviera italiana no es tan popular como la francesa. Pero a mi, me gusta mucho, primero porque es Italia y segundo porque es justo a la vuelta, alrededor de 45 min en carro.

Asi que se encuentran  por aqui, les dejo unas cosas que pueden hacer cuando vayan a Ventimiglia:

 

 

Friday Market

On friday’s there is a big open-air market and it’s all about italian leather, but you also have some clothes and food stalls. Being such a fan of markets, I really like this one for the kind of things you find there. I have bought many nice things for me and as presents. (Sorry, no picture of the market, I try to have as little as possible with me when going to very busy places).

Los viernes suele haber un gran mercado al aire libre y el tema principal es el cuero italiano, pero también se puede encontrar ropa y comida. Como me gustan mucho los mercados, este me gusta por el tipo de mercadería que se encuentra. He comprado cosas muy bonitas para mi y para regalar. (Lo siento , no hay fotos del mercado porque trato llevar lo menos posible cuando voy a lugares con mucha gente).

 

Old Town

As like in pretty much all places, you can find an old town; even though the colors of ventimiglia are less bright as the ones of the French side, it does has a lot of that italian charm you see often in the movies. This gives Ventimiglia a real authentic feeling, and I am all about authentic places.

Como casi cualquier lugar, hay una parte antigua de la ciudad, y aun si sus colores son menos brillantes que los del lado francés, tiene un encanto italiano que se suele ver en las películas, esto le da a Ventimiglia un vibra mas autentica, y a mi es lo que mas me gusta: la autenticidad.

 

 

 

Food

Impossible not to talk about food when you are in Italy. I have tried few places there, and here are my  favorite ones:

Imposible no hablar de comida cuando se trata de Italia. He probado varios restaurantes cuando voy allí, y aquí les dejo mis favoritos:

Osteria Consani

A very small menu, here it is all about the simplicity and it works.

Un menu pequeño, hablamos de simplicidad que funciona.

 

 

Ristorante San Giuseppe 

A more complete menu, this restaurant located on the beach offer a variety of italian food, but do not be scared by the prices a little more expensive than usual because the portions are big and the food is worth it.

Un menu más extenso, este restaurante ubicado en la playa tiene una variedad de comida italiana, pero no se asusten por los precios ligeramente más elevados que en otros lados, porque las porciones son grandes y la comida lo vale.

 

Pasticceria

In pretty much all the places in Italy where I have been I see the pasticceria, the equivalent of a coffee shop but with little italian pastries and expressos. Being such a sweet tooth I appreciate the small size of this pastries because it gives me a change to have a few at the same time, you know, to be sure they are all good 😉 

Ah and just in case you really want to know, my favorite ones are Cannoli.

En todos los lugares en Italia a los que he ido he visto las pasticceria, el equivalente aun café, pero con pastelitos italianos y expressos. Como me encanta todo lo que es dulce, me gusta que sean pequeños porque esto me da la oportunidad de probar varios, ya sabe, para aseguarme que esten buenos 😉

Y si de verdad quieren saber, mis favoritos son los Cannoli.

 

Info

There are trains going during the day to Ventimiglia. Make sure to check the schedules as it takes around 45 min.

Durante el día se pueden tomar varios trenes que van a Ventimiglia, asegurense de chequear los horarios. Toma aproximadamente 45 min.

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