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Ventimiglia, ITALY

Villa d'Arte is located at the border of France and Italy Azur Coast and is an authentic Ligurian art village full of authenticity and tradition. Six seaview artists residencies are being provided plus an art studio where workshop are being held all year around for creativity. The retreat is a balcony to the mediterranean sea to live and create in the most peaceful environment.

The retreat is comprised of four Ligurian style houses built in 1600 centuries, with seaview independant terrace to enjoy the yearly long sunshine. The retreat provides the ideal combination of living and working in a setting truly inspirational beauty. Signature party and conferences are being held and organized regularly in Villa d'Arte that attracts lots of people from Monaco, France and Italy as well. Artist retreats consist of sojourning from 7 to 90 days, with a possible time extension subject to availability - August being the high season.

"La petite maison" is a village stone house full of history with a studio downstairs - all contained, working desk and chair, double sized bed - with private bath and its own terrace and upstairs an apartment with mezzanine with wood burning stove, double bed and sofa bed for guests.


-"It was an extremely pleasant surprise to experience such breathtaking panoramic views."
the South Africans

-"The wine was delightful and with the delicious pasta cooked by Elisa, the lunch was superb! Thank you."
Dorothee from Mexico

-"Thank you for a wonderful stay in your magical house."
Joe, Macenna from New Zealand

-"Your village people are very hospitable and although we could not speak a word of Italian, we really had an incredible stay. We think you are gracious hosts."
Michel from Canada

Villa d'Arte is a village of artists and cultutral exchange from people of all over the world. Hapiness and joy is part of everyday enjoying life. The perfect setting for concentrated creative thinking!


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  No on-site mentoring. Your host is Nicole Durand.

Region:  Mortola sup is a typical peaceful village, and is next to where the great art masters choosed to live and create such as Monet, Picasso, home of Renoir because of the special light. The best place for the good climate all year round with a very international atmosphere. Everybody dream about living on the Riviera. Ventimiglia is a commercial and tourist town and a very important railway and road juction because of the near french border. It is also an agricultural and floricultural market. Inhabited since the prehistoric age (finds and graffiti in Balzi Rossi caves), it was a Roman colony; it flourished during the seigniory of the Counts of Ventimiglia and it has been part of the Genovese Republic. In 1814 it was annexed to the Kingdom of Sardinia and later to the Kingdom of Italy. The results of all these vicissitudes can be found in the cultural heritage of the town: the medieval zone, the defensive walls, Vergine Assunta's Cathedral, San Michele's Church with its Romanesque crypt, the Episcopal Palace, the Counts' Castle, the San Paolo fort, the Biancheri Tower. Today, Ventimiglia offers to visitors a vast range of services; thanks to temperate climate, the coast has developed with hotels, campings, bathing establishment, sport equipments. Meeting places are all there: bars, discos and restaurants which offer rich fish-based menus and refined Ligurian cooking with a great choice of wines. A commercial centre, shops, artisans' workshops. And don't forget to visit Hambury Gardens: they are famous for the preciousness of flora and the variety of esotic species. Look for inlets and beaches between the sheer cliffs overlooking the beautiful sea, or take a trip by boat to find the hidden corners. Get the chance to reach the most beautiful resorts of French Riviera and Ligurian Riviera staying in a town that offers what everyone is looking for.

Location:  Major train station is Menton or Ventimiglia; same for freeway exit.

Closest airport:  NICE Côte d’Azur Airport

Tourism information:  Menton or Ventimiglia


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
Il nido Studio with terrace, lovely place all redesigned by famous international artist. 400 euros
Mezzanine Panoramic seaview on terrace, very quiet, double bed plus sleeping sofa in front of wood stove. 550 euros
Felicita Seaview studio with closed terrace and barbecue, double bed. 450 euros


  • High Speed
  • Wireless
  • Printer
  • Phone
  • Weekmaid
  • Kitchenette
  • Fireplace
  • Mini fridge
  • Phone near
  • Lunch dinner
  • Private bathroom
  • Bicycle
  • TV/DVD
  • Stereo
  • Out smoking

Payment terms:  For short term stays (under 2 months): To guarantee your reservation, you will be confirmed upon receipt of half the stay deposit due at time of booking. Balance is due at time of arrival. We accept PayPal and bank transfer.

Cancellation policy:  Cancellations under thirty days or no show will receive a refund.

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