Pretty much like the Romans, today’s Italians are hardcore believers in the value and worth of their gastronomical cultural identity and heritage. There is no place in Italy were one does not find a fierce stance over the quality of their produce and their food in relation to the neighbouring village, town, province and even country.
I experienced this feeling first hand in my convertible drive through Cinque Terre. Here the 5 fisherman’s villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore are only separated by a few kilometres, but it is enough to to notice the pride that the villagers feel for its origin. The people of Vernazza say that their white wine is better, the ones from Monterosso speak of their beautiful village, the ones of Manarola their secluded nature , Corniglia of their fish cuisine and Riomaggiore of their natural landscape.
This photo was taken in Vernazza and depicts for me the value that one must have in his heritage and identity, especially when it comes to food.
Semper Fidelis should always be in your mind when speaking about your country’s culture!