Wandering around on Procida island
The Procida island has about 10 thousands of inhabitants and a surface of 3,7 square kilometers.
It is the smallest island of the archipelago Flegreo that contains also Vivara, Ischia and Capri. Its contemporary name comes from the Latin one “Prochyta”. The economy of the island is based on fishery, maritime sector and recently also on more and more developing touristic sector.
Thanks to some enchanting sites and the poetry of the alleys, Procida have been chosen as a cinema set to numerous movies, such as unforgettable “Il Postino” (“The Postman”) with Massimo Troisi and Philippe Noiret.
Getting to the island is easy. One can take a ferry (traghetto or aliscafo) which departs from molo Beverello in Naples (in front of Piazza Municipio square) or from Pozzuoli port, that is situated just ahead Procida.
Tourist attractions. Some of the main features of the island include the following: the port of Marina Grande, the old hamlet Terra Murata, the fishermen village of Marina Corricella and the Marina Chiaiolella harbour. They are an authentic treasure both for eyes and spirit and locations where you can observe the salient features of traditional architecture: arches, external staircases, balconies, light vivid colors of buildings reflecting in the seawater and above all “il vefio”, the typical wide-arch opening.
The small Procida has recently gained a particular attention of tourists, visitors and Neapolitans keen on relax, peace and quiet. Unlike Ischia and Capri, Procida is less touristic and, as a consequence, it’s hard to find here some luxurious hotels, restaurants, boutiques and small elegant shops. Also nightlife is almost nonexistent, especially compared with those bigger islands, provided with all types of structures and clubs able to satisfy even the most sophisticated taste of Italians and foreign visitors.