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You certainly find the best typical products of Elba in the food and wine sector as the island offers a vast selection of wine and liquors which are perfect together with the delicious pastries, made with recipes that go back to ancient times. The list of DOC wines is long and guarantees the high quality of the local wines. But the island also produces excellent liquors. The most important one is the limoncino which is made with water, sugar and lemon peel. The limoncino is fresh and very popular among the ladies and has quickly become the king of the summer nights, together with its cousin, the arancino, which is produced in the same way but instead of lemon peel you use orange peel. The creativity of the Elban chefs is unlimited and if you go rummaging in the shelves of the wine-shops or even better, entering the wine cellar of the farms you can find excellent cherry and strawberry liquors, but also bitters and digestives that are produced with any wild herb from the island. The grappa from Elba is also excellent and it is made by distilling the remains from the wine production. The precious transparent liquor is then ageing in wood barrels. It is almost impossible to list the range of aromas that then give the taste its characteristics of all the types of grappa that you will find in bottles. The variety of the local irresistible pastries is huge too. It is an attack against any diet which you better ignore as soon as you get down from the ferry. Apart from the food and the wine, Elba is famous for its production of ceramics and the Elbans are very skilled artisans using only their hands and the lathe, respecting the old tradition. But the artisans design new shapes in order to meet the demand from the interior decorators who can find accents made of precious refractory clay and volcanic clay that resist cold without breaking. The outcome of these terracotta jewels depend on the elegance of the decor and the artisans' taste regarding colours. Unique and inestimable products with some small defect that shows that it is hand-made.

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