Procida Napoli Bay of Naples Campania What to see Best hidden gems in italy
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Procida is a small hidden island in the Gulf of Naples that’s often overshadowed by its more popular neighbor, Capri. However, once you visit this charming fisherman village, you’ll feel like in a fairytale. Unlike its more touristy counterparts, Procida is one of the rare islands that has an authentic vibe. Today, there aren’t many islands where smiley faces say ‘Buongiorno’ as you walk down the colorful narrow streets.
The most surprising thing about Procida is that it’s only 30 minutes away from Naples. This means the island will not be tourist-free much longer, so if you want to visit, hurry up.

Nestled between Cape Miseno and the island of Ischia in southern Italy, picturesque Procida Island is widely considered the jewel in the Bay of Naples’ crown.

The tiny island is only 4 square kilometres and we walked everywhere to the black sand beaches that ring the island, almost empty during the week and bustling with families on weekends; and through the winding narrow streets in the centre, the high walls hiding cube shaped houses and lush gardens.
The Bay of Naples smallest island is also its best-kept secret.
Off the mass-tourist radar, Procida is like the Portofino prototype and is refreshingly real.
August aside when beach-bound mainlanders flock to its shores its narrow, sun-bleached streets are the domain of the locals: kids clutch fishing rods, parents push prams and old seafolk swap yarns.
Here, the hotels are smaller, fewer waiters speak broken German and the island’s welcome hasn't been changed by a tidal wave of visitors.

Not only is the sea an important trait of Procida, but also its narrow streets and churches, which somehow pair the tranquility of the beach, with walks through the town center to admire the architecture of centuries past: worth visiting in particular are the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, which had a central role in Procida's religious and cultural history.
It rises on the Terra Murata Promontory, with the sea a steep drop below.
Two beaches that visitors should make every effort to reach are the Beach at Pozzo Vecchio (a protagonist in scenes from the beloved film Il Postino) and Chiaiolella Beach (the Island’s most frequented).

The island derives its name from the Latin name Prochyta. Προχύτη/Prochýtē means 'poured out' in Greek . According to another theory, Prochyta comes from the Greek verb prokeitai, meaning 'it lies forth', because of the appearance of the island seen from the sea.

With its colorful houses, the scent of lemons and a lifestyle still deeply rooted in tradition, Procida has also been able to inspire artists' creativity in more occasions.
In fact Arturo's Island, from Elsa Morante's novel, was recorded here, Il Postino by Massimo Troisi, and in its very little streets you can still admire the house of Graziella, the protagonist of the homonymous novel by Alphonse De Lamartine.

Procida has a blue sea and beaches with shallow waters also ideal for children.
Chiaiolella, with its dark volcanic sand, Pozzo Vecchio, a thin strip of tiny shingles and Ciraccio which is the largest and possibly the most visited.
Chiaia, reachable through a flight of 182 steps, is a must to see.
Also the cliffs of Carbonchio where there isn't sand, but here is where dive lovers will feel in paradise.

A beautiful fishing port and fragrant lemon and orange groves bewitch visitors with their lush beauty.
It is the smallest and oldest island in the Bay of Naples and is of volcanic origin.
There is a wide choice of beautiful hotels and guesthouses for every budget and taste, directly on the beach, on the Harbour or in the centre of the island.

Pastel-coloured houses showcased perfectly presented floral displays, authentic Italian salumerias organised their produce and Italian fishermen pushed their boats out to sea.
The island of Procida is so small that you could walk its entirety in just two days, and there is plenty to see and do in that time.
Try and get one of the earliest ferries from Naples to Procida to allow yourself maximum time on the island. Upon arrival in Procida, spend some time navigating your way through the labyrinth-style network of narrow streets and passageways as you admire the storefronts and patisseries that are so quintessentially Southern Italian.

The most picturesque and charming spot on the island of Procida is Marina Corricella. This is a thin sliver of waterfront backed by a cliff made of fishermen's houses - at least, that's the colourful impression. Behind a long fishing harbour, houses were built on and into the rock in a kind of pretty vertical muddle. There are several bars and restaurants in Corricella, with tables attractively scattered along the waterfront, interspersed with painted fishing-boats and harbour cats hiding among piled nets.
Procida has several beaches, of varying quality. The nearest beach to the port is just a few minutes' walk to the right as you disembark the ferry. There is another small beach on the far side of the big yachting marina, with a flight of steps climbing up towards the old part of town.
Once you've seen the sights of Procida and enjoyed some time by the sea, other possible activities include day trips to other islands. Ischia is a 20-minute ferry ride away, and in the summer there are sometimes tourist day trips to Capri.

Procida La perla del Golfo di Napoli

C’è un’isola che sembra un dipinto, l’opera di un artista innamorato dei colori, un luogo uscito dritto dritto da una fiaba per bambini. Basta una mezz’ora di viaggio da Napoli per raggiungere questo piccolo sogno chiamato Procida, dove è impossibile non sorridere.
Procida è la più piccola delle isole del Golfo di Napoli, spesso ignorata in favore delle sorelle più celebri: Capri e la vicinissima Ischia.
È possibile raggiungerla con traghetto o aliscafo da Napoli o da Pozzuoli, se soggiornate a Napoli potete visitarla in giornata poiché si impiega solo mezz’ora circa in aliscafo oppure un’ora in traghetto. I biglietti si acquistano direttamente al porto.

La prima cosa che si scopre di Procida è l’insieme variopinto delle case. Giallo, azzurro, rosso, arancione, bianco: un arcobaleno che accoglie il viaggiatore e gli dà il benvenuto su questa piccola isola, poco turistica e così straordinariamente autentica.
La bellezza di Procida à tutta qui: pescatori, mare azzurro e barche, limoni, colline, piccoli borghi fermi nel tempo.
Tranne luglio e agosto, quando viene presa d’assalto soprattutto dai napoletani pendolari, Procida sonnecchia per tutto il resto dell’anno gelosa della propria identità, così distante dalle più turistiche Ischia e Capri.
Il tempo sembra essersi fermato a Terra Murata, il borgo in cui i procidani si rifugiavano durante le scorrerie dei saraceni.

Palazzo D’Avalos, all’interno del borgo di Terra Murata. Per molti anni è stato un carcere in cui hanno soggiornato ergastolani e delinquenti comuni. Dismesso nel 1988 è stato acquisito al patrimonio comunale nel 2013 con l’intenzione di farne un polo ricettivo e museale in grado di attrarre investimenti e generare reddito.

Il borgo di Terra Murata è tappa obbligata per chiunque visiti Procida. Il panorama, stupendo, con la vista della Corricella è uno dei motivi di maggior fascino.
Da non perdere, il monastero di Santa Margherita, acquisito a patrimonio comunale dal demanio.

Percorsa tutta via Roma fino alla seicentesca Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pietà, si sale per via Vittorio Emanuele e si prosegue verso sinistra per via Principe Umberto che conduce all’ingresso di Terra Murata. E’ possibile raggiungerla a piedi con una passeggiata di circa 20 minuti oppure prendere il piccolo autobus che parte da davanti alla Chiesa o un taxi, una scelta consigliabile se si desidera visitare Procida in un giorno solo.
Attraversando l’antica porta si entra in un’altra dimensione, in un’altra epoca quasi.
Prima tappa l’ex carcere borbonico, testimone silenzioso della storia di questo borgo. Non più in uso dal 1988, è stato aperto al pubblico, su prenotazione.

Procida Napoli Campania region What to see Best hidden gems in italy Selected websites Top experiences Tourist attractions City guides:


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