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Bon Appétit: the top 7 foodie destinations

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Sicily, Italy

Italy is world renowned for its food, and culinary delights culminate on the Island of Sicily. Sicilian cuisine is unique in that it has been influenced by the island’s colourful past. The Arab presence on the island during the 10th and 11th centuries is believed to be responsible for the introduction of marzipan fruits and candies, which are a traditional treat still eaten by locals today. With Mount Etna continuously bubbling away on the island, the volcanic soil has helped aid the abundant growth of local produce, meaning that only the best natural ingredients are used. The romantic coastline of Sicily is perfect for exploring by superyacht, but make sure you have time to stop on shore and sample the delicacies.

Speciality dish: Pasta alla Norma, made with sautéed tomatoes and aubergines, ricotta and basil is the staple dish. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a typical Cannoli pastry, finished off with a sip of Limoncello, the fluorescent liqueur produced from Sicilian lemons.

Where to eat: Villa Antonio in Taormina is reportedly the best restaurant on the island, both for classic Italian food and ambience. Try the risotto with red shrimp for a prime example of delicious Sicilian cooking.

How to visit by superyacht: Porto dell’Etna can berth yachts up to 40 metres, but for lager yachts there are anchorages around the Taormina harbour.

Words by Olivia Michel. Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Marcin Krzyzak

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