We have a soft spot for Pantelleria. The volcanic island off the coast of Sicily is a collection of tiny villages, dark and sandy beaches, and caper fields. This place is escapism at its best. It’s also a very unique corner of Italy, foodwise. You get a brighter, lighter culinary culture that’s informed by North Africa just as much as mainland Italy.
Hit the beach, hit a cafe, and then find a nice spot near the sea for a long dinner of fresh seafood, African spices, and plenty of Italian wine. The experience will stick with you for life and you may find yourself dreaming of coming back before you even leave.