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The town of Menton is located in France at the Franco-Italian border, within the confines of the Côte d'Azur and the Ligurian Alps. It has been called the most beautiful town on the French Riviera.

It dates back to the Paleolithic age. It was owned by the Grimaldi family from 1346 until 1848, before departing from the principality of Monaco and officially becoming French.

During the 19th century, Menton because popular because of its warm climate, and many famous people chose to take their vacation in the town.

Annexed by the Italians, then the Germans during the second World War, Menton was liberated on September 8, 1944. The town was completly devastated and it was not until the 60's that the re-building of Menton was concluded. It then regained it's appeal as a tourist destination.

Perhaps the most famous aspect of Menton is its world-renowned gardens, including the Serre de la Madone, the Le Val Rahmeh, the Fontana Rosa, and the Maria Serena garden. Le Val Rahmeh, meaning "Valley of the Cat" in Hindi, was established in 1905 by Englishman Lord Radcliffe, the first owner of the gardens. Villa Fontana Rosa was built in 1922 by Blasco Ibanez, a Spanish novelist, and the gardens of the villa are now open to the public.