Worth a Trip: Ventimiglia

Menton literally sits on the border with Italy and there is no finer reason to dash across for a dose of la dolce vita than the all-day Friday market in Ventimiglia (Vintimille in French), the border town on the Italian side. The market sprawls over 1km along the seafront and is popular among French shoppers for its cheap fruit and veg, tasty deli counters (mozzarella-stuffed peppers, sun-dried tomatoes etc), bargain leather goods and cheap fashion. Watch out for counterfeits here; French customs take it very seriously and you risk a fine and confiscation of your goods.

Ventimiglia is at the end of the French SNCF network; there are half-hourly trains to/from Menton (€2.70, 10 minutes), Monaco (€4.60, 30 minutes), Nice (€8, one hour) and Cannes (€13.20, 1¾ hours).