World's Best Islands 2010
Courtesy of Sicilia Convention Bureau
No. 7: Sicily
New to the list. Boldly flavorful cuisine, robust wines, crumblingly beautiful Baroque cities, and vibrant seaside villages have all helped Sicily nab a spot on our list of top-rated islands. But while you may already be familiar with its famous dishes and varietals (spicy eggplant caponata, earthy Nero d’Avola)—not to mention its infamous status as the birthplace of the Mafia—Sicily has plenty of surprises. For example, the twin south-coast cities of Agrigento and Taormina, which together are home to some of the most extensive and well-preserved ancient Greek ruins outside of Greece.