I always thought it was the French who loved snails, but it seems the Italians are quite fond of them too, if the stalls at Ventimiglia's covered market is anything to go by.
Is this carrying freshness to extremes? Mrs Nicelife turned a pale shade of green as we chanced on this crate of gastronomic molluscs, whose occupants had clearly formed an escape committee. "OK Tomkins, its straight up the pillar and keep going, or we're lunch."
As in all Italian towns, the church crowns the top of the old town.
I wondered if Italian catholic culture had changed since I was last in a small village Italian church for Sunday mass over forty years ago. Then, the sexes were segregated, with the women all on the left and men on the right., The women were kneeling, eyes devoutly fixed on the statue of Jesus on the cross above the altar, whilst the men were constantly turning their heads away to one side, thoughts clearly on matters of a less spiritual nature.
The children were seated at the front. When one began misbehaving, turning to a friend and talking, the priest, who was in mid sermon, stepped down from the pulpit and without breaking his oration clipped the child round the ear.
The king of Italian Cheese at competitive prices, samples if you ask nicely, half what an English high street supermarket charges. No excuse not to take a kilo home.
The heirarchy of this king of cheeses is age. The youthful Parmsan, good for grating over spinach and ricotte ravioli, gives way to the intensely flavoured ten year matured, ready for eating in big lumps
The city is situated on the Gulf of Genoa, having a small harbor at the mouth of the Roya River. Visitors can find inlets and beaches between the sheer cliffs overlooking the beautiful sea, or take a trip by boat to find the hidden corners. You have a chance to reach the most beautiful resorts of French Riviera and Ligurian Riviera staying in a lovely and inexpensive town that offers what everyone is looking for.
The location is ideal since it is less than 20 kilometers from San Remo or Monaco. It was the ancient seat of the Counts of Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia is worthwhile visiting for a host of reasons but if you like an exceptional market, go on Fridays (be aware it is crowded). We were surprised to see liquor stores everywhere in town - there’s one on practically every corner. Once in Ventimiglia, make the most of the lower Italian liquor tax, and do as the French do: stock up on better priced wine and spirits.
Associazione Pesca Sportiva
This little boat club is located on
the beach front ....
We went to Ventimiglia for
the weekly Friday market,
but we took some time to
walk along the shore.
Great day, and we found a
few interesting rocks and a
few shells ......
The covered area of the market features mouthwatering displays of cheese, ham, and sausage. Irresistible to take some home