On a trek through the forest, you may stumble across remnants of the island’s history: arches and tracks of the old railway which used to transport cacao, incongruous with their natural surroundings yet woven into the vegetation that has claimed them.
‘The Chocolate Islands’ was a title this country earned as a principal exporter of cacao. Several artisanal producers today excel in the art of chocolate making, including Claudio Corallo. An expat Florentine, he started off working in a shipping container and now sells his exquisite bars around the world, including at London’s luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason. Claudio opens his workshop on São Tomé island to visitors and shares his secrets during tastings.