The river Roia divides the city of Ventimiglia in two parts: a medieval and a modern one.
The ancient nucleus of Ventimiglia is situated on a hill; in order to visit the city it is good to start from the Passeggiata Colla, a charming lookout with marine pines realized in the past century.
Passing through Porta Nuova you arrive in Piazza della Cattedrale: the church was built between the 11th and the 12th century on the ruins of a previous cathedral that, according to the local traditions, was built on the place where anciently rose a pagan temple dedicated to Juno. The square is the monumental center of the high city; beyond to the Cathedral, also the Convent of the Canonichesse, the Episcopal Palace and the former Town Hall are on this place.
Absolutely worthy a visit are the Hanbury Botanical Gardens, that rise on the cape called La Mortola. They were created from 1867 thanks to the passion of the English traveller Sir Thomas Hanbury, who collected here more than 6000 kinds of plants. Here you can take a walk between romantic tree-lined avenues with picturesque views of the sea.