About this listing
Hi, We've been airbnb hosts for 5 years, since it started. We've met wonderful people. We love to show our area, Ventimiglia, an often overlooked jewel on the Italian Riviera.
The room is lovely, with a balcony, just two blocks from the beach.
Room with double bed and wood-burning fireplace in a grand old apartment in an historic Italian villa in central Ventimglia. The room's lovely terrace overlooks Ventimiglia's most elegant via, and is perfect for soaking up the sun, or sipping a glass of wine whilst watching Ventimigliesi on their evening stroll, decked out in the latest Italian fashions. The beach is 200 feet away, the train station a distance of three blocks. The historic center of Ventimiglia is a five-minute walk from the apartment, where four medieval churches are a main tourist attraction. The famous Ventimiglia covered fruit and vegetable market, which brings tourists, and many French, is only a block away.
We also rent bikes!
Coddled by the maritime alps and the sea, Ventimiglia is nearly always sunny and warm in the winter. Famous for its fragrant late winter flora, the area makes for a wonderful winter holiday. Summer is never too hot, since the sea breezes keep our area balmy, but not stifling.
Monte Carlo is a 30-minute train ride from Ventimiglia station. Nice is only 40 minutes away by train.
Ventimiglia hosts many festivals throughout the year, but is also close to the many culinary festivals held in smaller villages nearby.
Liguria is the jewel of Italy, where the sea and the mountains meet.
the August medieval festival, when kings and queens, bishops and knights in ornate costumes, parade and dance. A medieval meal is held in the old town, where everyone eats like...a king, without cutlery.
the grand prix in Monte Carlo
Spring for the Artichoke festivals (Napoleon's favorite)
Fall for chestnut and farinata festivals ( how ligurians survived wars, when wheat was a luxury)
the Battle of the Flowers, usually mid June
Women's Day, when the mimosa bloom, and all businesses gives away a branch to women
Summer Jazz Festival in the old town
Music all summer on the beach promenades at night
the Befana!! Every mountain village has a central square. Every square has a fire burning from Christmas Eve to January 6th. On the 6th they burn the effigy of the witch ( a giant pinata),but only after the young men, have carried the huge wooden effigy up and down the narrow carruggi of the town. Then everyone celebrates. Some towns have produced famous jazz musicians, who show up for the party. Some towns have bigger, and more popular parties.
Italian fashion and design sales, sales, sales! three times a year. 50 to 70 % discounts.
Wine harvesting! Wine drinking. Rossese, from Dolceacqua, a few miles inland, is not aged.
Every village and town has a festival to claim either a local ingredient, or the preparation thereof. They are not kidding. A square meter of sunlight or saltwater changes the taste of cheese, of wine, and the color of artichokes. Check it out on Slowfood. These festivals are usually accompanied by music.
All the towns mentioned above can be reached by public transport, a bus that run from Ventimiglia, a block away from the villa.
Ventimiglia is unique because we have the beach, the mountains, and a beautiful river. The old town offers history and the modern part offers stylish shops, elegant yet authentic cuisine, and busy cafés.
Their room, the bathroom, the fridge.The room always has fresh sheets, filtered water, and bath towel and hand towel. We provide beach towels and robes as well. We can no longer allow food in the room because unfortunately some people ruined sheets and rugs with stains.
Interaction with Guests
We meet our guests at the train station, and are available to suggest the best places to go and to eat. We provide an organic breakfast, but keep mostly to ourselves.
The best beaches are steps away, there is a view of the mountains and the river roia, steps away. The old town, perched on a hill, is steps away. The incredible fruit and vegetable market for stocking up on beach picnics. Monaco and Nice are a short train ride away.
Bus and trains run regularly two blocks away.
We do not allow smoking in the apartment, nor in the room
Guests are welcome to store food in our fridge, and can eat in the kitchen, but as we spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking is not allowed. We no longer allow food in the room, as some guests ruined sheets and my favorite bedspread.
We love to give guess ideas of how to spend their time during their visit.
About the Host, Elizabeth
Former chef, restaurant owner and writer, Currently owner, main instructor and medical practitioner of traditional Chinese Martial Arts school. Classical Osteopath and Naturopath. Married. Three adult children. Fluent in Italian, French, German. Speaks Mandarin