Native toMonaco, France, Italy
Native speakers
(undated figure of approximately 10,000[citation needed])
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguasphere51-AAA-ohb (Imperia)
Monaco -with Menton- was the extreme western area of the Republic of Genoa (green color) in 1664. Intemelio was spoken in this area, primarily between Ventimiglia and Sanremo.

Intemelio is a Ligurian dialect spoken historically from the Principality of Monaco to the Italian province of Imperia.


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Since the Renaissance the Ligurian language was spoken in all the territories of the Republic of Genoa; in the western area of the Republic one of its groups (spoken mainly on the coast between Monaco and Sanremo) was called Intemelio and was centered on Ventimiglia.[1]

In the actual Italian area of Ventimiglia there is the most renowned Intemelio: the "Ventimigliese", that stretches from the coast until Piedmont.[citation needed]

The Royasc dialect is connected to the "Ventimigliese", as a mountainous version of the Intemelio that has some Occitan influences.[citation needed]

In Sanremo the local intemelio dialect is heavily influenced by the Genoese dialect.[citation needed]

Current use

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Intemelio is used by nearly 10,000 people in the area of Ventimiglia of the province of Imperia, but other 40,000 are able to understand it and speak a few sentences of this dialect in western Liguria.[citation needed]

A few thousand speak fluently the local variants of Intemelio in France and Monaco: Monegasque, and Brigasc.[citation needed]


The Ligurian area of Seborga speaks the "Ventimigliese" dialect Intemelio and the so-called Principality of Seborga considered the possibility of using this dialect as the official language.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "The counts of Ventimiglia (in Italian)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2009-12-26.
  2. ^ "Seborga official site". Archived from the original on 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2009-12-25.