When you think of Italy one of the first things that pops into mind is food, well that is if you appreciate Italian foods and cuisine. Those who have spent time in Italy or with Italians know there aren't many things Italians love more than sharing and enjoying a great meal together.
So what would you expect to find in the French part of Canada? Well, Le Petite Italie of course! And where there is a community of Italians, restaurants and markets are sure to be the local attractions.
Located in the northern part of Montreal is a small Italian neighbourhood which is home to generations of Italian immigrants who have settled there mostly between 1946 and 1960. One of Little Italy's biggest attractions is the Jean Talon market which has been in operation since 1933.
The Jean Talon market offers visitors the opportunity to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and a number of other goods coming from France, Italy and the Middle East. Vendors allow you to taste samples of fresh produce as you walk past their stalls. Milano's and Capital grocery stores offer a variety of imported Italian goods such as olive oils, balsamic vinegar and other Italian treats. There are also a number of Italian restaurants in the area so be sure to ask the locals what they would recommend.
Besides great food, Italy is also renowned for its influence on architecture which you can see a great example of at the Church of the Madonna della Difesa. This amazing looking church was build and decorated in stages by Guido Nincheri. His work was influenced by typical Italian parish churches from the Renaissance era. The walls and ceilings are covered in wonderful frescos that delight the eye. This makes this little church a truly authentic Italian church in a French Canadian countryside.
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Address: Little Italy, Montreal, QC, CanadaMap of nearby accommodations:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 5 - Blue||Station de Castelnau||2 + Minutes|
How to get to Little Italy by Metro
By Metro: Take Metro Line 5 to Station de Castelnau and take the west exit and go to your right (southeast) along Boulevard Saint-Laurent. Little Italy starts in the next block and continues to Rue Saint Zotique O.
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