Le lumache - snails - are a popular food in Italy.
There are all different ways in which they can be served and they come in different sizes ranging from small to large. Even sea snails - le lumache di mare - are an Italian food.
The different categories are:
la lumachina - small snail (size of a small grape)
la lumaca - medium-sized snail
il lumacone - big snail (size of a golf ball)
la monzetta - medium-sized snail with a dark shell. The name 'monzetta' means 'little nun.' When these snails hibernate they produce a white substance which shuts them within their shell. The white substance against the dark shell looks like the colours worn traditionally by a nun - black with some white.