Italian Island for a Honeymoon: Sardegna or Sicily?
Of course we need stellar food. Chowhounds, aiutarme!
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I stayed at the Romazzino (Costa Smerelda, Sardinia) several years ago and the food there was indeed stellar (of the very high end stellar variety), plus on the full board arrangement we had you could eat at several other related hotels (Cala di Volpe was one of them) which were also stellar. However, we found no chowish opportunities on our explorations of the countryside. So it depends whether you want stellar high end delivered to you without effort or whether you enjoy seeking out chowish spots, for which I think Sicily might be better suited (without, however, having been there). Mind, my stay at the Romazzino was quite awhile ago. For my own taste, much as I loved every morsel of food I put in my mouth while there, the ultra luxury full board arrangement is not my idea of a chowish holiday (I wasn't in charge of that one).
Sicily was occupied more, thus more culinary influences. I'm sure Sardinia has some phenomenal food, but I would opt for Sicily. Just stay away from Taormina for food. Marsala, Palermo, Siracusa, Trapani, Cefalu, Ragusa, Agrigento, Catania are all fine food destinations, as are the hilltowns and small coastal villages. I've been 4 times and the food haunts me everyday.
Thanks! That is what I was suspecting, and those are exactly the kinds of recs that will help with our planning!