As a child, Queen Camilla spent a lot of time in one favourite holiday destination with her family. The Shand family spent many holidays in Ischia in Italy.
Near Naples, Ischia is a stunning volcanic island with gorgeous beaches and thermal hot springs.
Camilla has spoken fondly of her time on the island and said: “It instilled a lifelong passion for Italian food.”
The Queen Consort even took her own children, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, for holidays on the island.
Tom Parker Bowles, a food critic, told the South China Morning Post: “Besides English food, the other food we grew up on was southern Italian food, because we used to go to an island called Ischia, in the Bay of Naples, for two weeks a year with my grandparents.
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“They were big Italian fans, so growing up we had pasta and lots of tomato and lots of fish.”
Ischian cuisine is Mediterranean style and many of the ingredients used originate from the island.
Although many dishes on the island are seafood based, its classic dish is actually made from rabbit.
Coniglio all’Ischitana is a rabbit stew usually made with white wine, herbs, tomatoes, garlic and chilli.
Mount Epomeo, Ischia’s highest peak, overlooks many of the island’s vineyards and chestnut forests.
Tourists can also admire the Castello Aragonese, Ischia’s fort-city, set on its own craggy islet.
As a child, Camilla spent many family holidays on the island and her own children also visited.
Although Queen Camilla isn’t thought to have visited the island in recent years, it reportedly holds a special place in her heart.
British tourists can fly to Naples from most major airports with October flights available from as little as £52 from London at the time of writing.
From Naples port, tourists can catch the ferry or hydrofoil to reach Ischia for a holiday.
The ferry takes around an hour and a half while the hydrofoil is slightly quicker taking just an hour to reach the island.
Once on the island, tourists can stay at one of the spa hotels if they want to enjoy some hot spring treatments while they are there.