I fell for Procida as soon as I saw the view from the Terra Murata. A tangle of houses painted in pink, yellow, blue and green tumbled towards Marina Corricella, the sun setting behind it and lighting up the sky in a blaze of orange and pink. Small fishing boats were dotted in the water—the fishermen use the lavishly bright buildings to find their way home.
Marina Corricella sunset, Procida islandI wondered how I’d never heard of this gorgeous island. Procida is the smallest island in the Bay of Naples and despite its location just a 40 minute hydrofoil ride from Naples it receives nowhere near as many foreign visitors as the neighbouring islands of Capri and Ischia. Procida seems to want to keep its secret to itself, although it’s popular with napoletani looking for a summer escape from the steaming, chaotic city.
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.
Paintwork is faded and crumbling, doors are ancient and rusted, and the streets are enlivened with pink bougainvillea and tiny white jasmine, their scent accompanying us on our strolls. Lemon groves are squeezed into every available space.
Procida island travel guideProcida island washingProcida island doorThe Terra Murata is the highest point on the island and the oldest village—the fortress walls were built as protection from invaders in the 15th century. We wandered the medieval streets and visited the rather quirky and crumbling church the Abbazia di San Michele which has excellent views from its terrace.
One of the most colorful Island in the world: Procida ❤️
A small island in front of Naples, made famous by the famous film Il Postino.
I wanted to have one of those colorful houses and to be able to wake up every day with the sound of the boats of the fishermen arriving at the port accompanied by seagulls.
What to see on 24 hours?
1) Marina Grande (where you can get there by ferry from Naples).
2) Palazzo d'Avalos and Terra Murata (for an incredible view from above).
3) Marina della Corricella (pictured and absolutely the most suggestive place to stay).
4) the beach of Chiaia (if you decide to have lunch here there are boats that make free shuttle service from the Marina di Coricella).
All absolutely feasible on foot!
And have you ever been to Procida? #awesomepic #couplestrip #italy #Procida