Bordighera and Ventimiglia – Part III

Vallecrosia

Vallecrosia was originally an inland village. Over the years many of its inhabitants moved to the sea and settled along the Via Aurelia near the railway, founding the new Vallecrosia. The name Vallecrosia comes from the layout of the valley (“valle chiusa” – closed valley) which was once filled with vines and olive-groves but is now an important flower-growing centre (the first commercial flower market opened here). Old Vallecrosia (Vallecrosia Alta) is a typical fortified Ligurian village with an imposing watchtower. The parish church is home to two monumental wooden statues of the Madonna, attributed to Maragliano. Vallecrosia Piani (the modern Vallecrosia, a bustling town with its heart in flower-growing) stands out for a highly unusual attraction which owes its presence to dedication and passion of a lover of music in all its genres. The Museum of Italian Song is housed in an old steam engine, the Continue reading “Bordighera and Ventimiglia – Part III”

Bordighera and Ventimiglia – Part II

Ventimiglia

Ventimiglia, Italy’s last town before the border with France, greets the tourist in three different guises, not least in terms of logistics: archaeological, Medieval and modern. Archaeological Ventimiglia (on the eastern side of the modern town) dates back to Roman times. In this veritable open-air museum one finds an arena with the first level of steps still intact, the “porta di Provenza” (gate to Provence), insulae and domus, baths and mosaic floors. All this is evidence of a golden age for the Roman city, the time of municipium cum suffragio, when Ventimiglia was the administrative centre of a larger district which included a number of other towns (“ville”). Medieval Ventimiglia stands high on the crest of a rock, dominating the right bank of the river Roia. It can easily be seen from a distance thanks to its imposing walled boundary, cathedral of the Continue reading “Bordighera and Ventimiglia – Part II”