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Italy’s coast is as beautiful as it is varied – from the alpine-backed sands in Tuscany to the picture-perfect coves of Liguria and the dramatic beauty of the Neapolitan Riviera in Campania. Beaches range from huge to hidden away, from rocky to sandy, and from lively to practically untouched. Then there are the islands to think about. Sardinia is famed for its white sands and turquoise waters that rival the Caribbean, while Sicily specialises in picturesque bays and volcanic backdrops.
It will come as no surprise that freshly caught seafood is commonplace on menus along Italy's coastline and on its islands. Served with pasta, in a risotto or stew, the range of delicacies on offer varies throughout the country. Try pasta con le sarda (pasta with sardines) in Sicily, stuffed calamari in Capri, and baccala mantecata (salted and dried codfish) in Venice, to name a few.
Those looking for something a bit different can enjoy trying traditional game dishes found on islands such as Ischia and Sardinia. Rabbit is a popular choice, served in a stew or slow-cooked with rich tomatoes, garlic and wine.