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Ventimiglia is a city, comune (municipality) and bishopric in Liguria, northern Italy, in the province of Imperia. It is located 130km southwest of Genoa by rail, and 7km from the French-Italian border, on the Gulf of Genoa, having a small harbour at the mouth of the Roia River, which divides the town into two parts. Ventimiglia's urban area has a population of 55,000.Origin of nameThe name derives from ancient Ligurian dialect, in Latin “Albium Intemelium”, meaning capital city of the Intemelii.HistoryVentimiglia is the ancient Albium Intemelium, the capital of the Intemelii, a Ligurian tribe. Albintimilium became a municipium in 89 BC. In AD 69 the city was sacked by the army of Otho and Vitellius, but recovered to remain prosperous into the 5th century, surrounded by walls with cylindrical towers built at each change of direction.In the Gothic Wars it was besieged by the Byzantines and the Goths, and later suffered from the raids of Rothari, King of the Lombards, but flourished again under Rodoald. In the 10th century it was attacked by the Saracens of Fraxinet. After a period as an independent commune, it was ruled by the Counts of Ventimiglia, and often had to fight with the Republic of Genoa. Ventimiglia is in Italian Riviera. Put Ventimiglia at the heart of your travel plans by using our Italy online visit planner .
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