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Procida is a small island near Naples in Campania, Italy.

Understand

Procida is the smallest island of the Gulf of Naples, relatively rich in attractions and archaeology.

The architecture of Procida has a Greek origin. In fact, the history of Procida is concentrated first of all in the medieval village “Terra Murata” and on “Corricella”, the fishing settlement.

The landmarks of Procida reflect typical Mediterranean pastel colours.

Get in

Ferry service is available at reasonable prices from Naples, Capri, and Ischia. you can get ferry information via http://www.procida.it/orari.htm. From the ground floor of Napoli Centro train station, you can take the metro to station Pozzuoli then get off and take the ferry at the port of Pozzuoli. It costs about 1 Euro (2009).

  • 1 Ferry port.

Get around

Local EAV buses drive in approx. 20-30m intervals around the island on numerous (partially identical) routes, the price is approx. 1.2€ per ride. One way drive across the island takes approx. 15 minutes. While buses originating from the main ferry port 2 Bus station tend to be relatively empty, in other direction you may not be even able to hop on.

The historical part of the island is walkable within 15 minutes. Walking across the island is doable too, but due to narrow roads it is not particularly enjoyable. For this reason, bringing a car on the island neither makes too much sense - unless you plan to train not scratching it while avoiding buses, motorcycles etc. (Electro-)Bicycle or similar small vehicle is a good alternative.

The Moorings Sailing Holidays have a base on Procida, offering bareboat charters for you to explore the islands and coastline at your own pace.

See

  • 1 Terra Murata. A medieval village with calm atmosphere, a few small cafes and viewpoints.
    • 2 Abbrazia di San Michele Arcangelo. A small pretty church.
  • 3 Marina di Corricella. A romantic ancient fishing village, nowadays mostly restaurant center, full of colorful houses.
  • 4 Vivara (Take bus to Chiaiolella, then continue by road by foot.). This small island is a natural reserve, linked to Procida by a bridge. Archaeological excavations were done here. Closed until Summer 2017.
  • The island has served as the set for numerous films, such as The “Postman” by Massimo Troisi, and some scenes in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” were shot on Corricella. Numerous info tables are placed around the island, showing them.

Do

Procida has 6 beaches and 3 tufaceous sides with crystal-clear waters.

Buy

Eat

Procida offers simply cooking and at least 10 excellent restaurants with plain cooking based on fresh fish. This simple style never fails, thanks to the 20 fishing boats and a lot of small drifters.

The specialties of the cooking are:

  • coniglio alla procidana - stewed rabbit - which goes back to the Borbonen who came on Procida to hunt the wild rabbit on Vivara
  • spaghetti al riccio di mare (spaghetti with sea-urchin)
  • various seafood dishes (especially grilled or as ragu al mare for pasta)

Best dining spots are in Marina Corricella though the quality is the same practically anywhere.

Drink

Limoncello and any available local wines (local "island wine" probably comes from nearby Ischia though)

Sleep

  • Hotel Celeste, Via Rivoli n.6 80079 Procida (NA), ☏ +39 081 896 74 88.
  • B&B Il Gelsomino, Via Faro, ☏ +39 3334350755. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 10:00. 60.

Go next

Ferries to Ischia depart many times a day.


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