Procida is the lesser-known neighbor of the celebrated Capri and Ischia, yet holds a charm that’s irresistibly captivating and is definitely worth visiting from Naples. Picture vibrant houses lining the coastline like a bag of multicolored candies, azure waters that promise a refreshing plunge, and landscapes that have been the muse of many artists. But the beauty of Procida is not just skin-deep—it boasts a rich history and mouthwatering gastronomy. Below you find all the information you need to visit Procida.
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How to Get to Procida
Procida is easily accessible from Naples by either hydrofoil or ferry. Both journeys offer stunning vistas of the Bay of Naples. You can buy your tickets in advance online, but you generally still need to exchange your voucher for an actual ticket at either a self-service kiosk or at the ticket counter.
While it’s true that tickets can cost as little as 20 EUR, tickets at a semi-reasonable time of day tend to cost closer to 30-40 EUR per person.
If you would like a little more support, you can consider booking a package that includes both transport from Naples to Procida and lunch.
Getting to Procida by Hydrofoil
The hydrofoil is your fastest maritime route from Naples to Procida. Departing from Molo Beverello port, these speedy vessels are operated by different companies including SNAV and Caremar.
A typical trip lasts about 40 minutes, depending on sea conditions. Hydrofoils have multiple departures each day, though schedules can vary with the season. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Molo Beverello ticket offices.
I would advise you to check the updated schedules and arrive around 30 minutes early for boarding, especially during the busy summer months.
Getting to Procida by Ferry
For a more laid-back journey, the ferry departs from the Porta di Massa port. Ferries to Procida, predominantly operated by Caremar and Medmar, take about 1 hour, offering more time to enjoy the scenic views.
They run fewer trips per day compared to the hydrofoil, so it’s essential to check the timetable in advance. Tickets can be bought online or at the Porta di Massa ticket offices.
Be sure to arrive early for boarding, particularly in peak season – we actually nearly missed our ferry as we didn’t anticipate the long lines. Unlike the hydrofoil, ferries allow vehicles, so if you plan to take a scooter, this would be your choice.
How to Get Around Procida
With a size of just 4.1 square kilometers, Procida is wonderfully compact and can be comfortably navigated on foot. Walking is an excellent way to absorb the island’s vibrant culture and breathtaking scenery, letting you uncover hidden gems at your own pace. You can stroll from one end of the island to the other in about an hour.
However, to optimize your time and effort, you might want to consider renting a bicycle or a scooter. These modes of transport can help you explore farther-flung attractions without wearing out your walking shoes.
We don’t recommend thinking about taking a car, as during most of the year, only the cars of residents are allowed on the island.
Public buses are another option, with routes covering most of the island. Tickets are inexpensive and can be purchased from local tabacchi (tobacco shops).
Things to Do in Procida
While Procida is a fairly small island, it is still very easy to spend a full day here. After all, it’s for a reason, Procida was Italy’s capital of culture in 2022.
1. Visit Terra Murata
Perched atop the island’s highest point, Terra Murata is a historic fortified village offering sweeping views of Procida and beyond. The name translates to “Walled Land”, reflecting its strategic role in defending Procida against invasions. Walking around Terra Murata is like stepping back in time with its medieval architecture and narrow cobbled streets.
At its heart is the grand Palazzo d’Avalos, a former prison, and the 11th-century Abbey of St. Michael the Archangel, boasting stunning frescoes and historic relics.
Remember, the climb up to Terra Murata is steep, but the panoramic vistas at the top are well worth the effort!
2. Explore Marina di Corricella
Marina di Corricella, Procida’s iconic fishing village, is postcard-perfect with its pastel-hued houses cascading down to the waterfront. Established in the 17th century, it’s the oldest fishing village in Procida and one of the few remaining places in Italy where fishermen mend their nets by the sea.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the quay, stop by an al fresco café, or dine at a local trattoria serving fresh seafood. Be sure to explore the village’s winding stairways and underpasses.
While Corricella is pedestrian-only, a series of steps from the village center will lead you to the marina, so it’s not entirely accessible for those with mobility issues.
For this Instagram-worthy view of Procida, head to the viewpoint called “Belvedere Corricella.”
3. Lounge at Chiaia Beach
Nestled below steep cliffs and reachable via a staircase carved into the rock, Chiaia Beach is a slice of paradise. This small, crescent-shaped beach boasts fine sand and crystal-clear waters, making it perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Its seclusion lends it a tranquil atmosphere, and the view from the beach is nothing short of spectacular.
The beach has a small bar for refreshments but remember to bring your sunblock and beach umbrella, as shade is minimal. Note that the steep stairway might pose a challenge for some, but the serene ambiance and beautiful setting make it well worth a visit.
4. Discover the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo
This impressive structure in Terra Murata is a testament to Procida’s deep religious and cultural roots. The Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo (Abbazia San Michele Arcangelo), dating back to the 1020s, is well worth exploring for its historical and artistic value. Inside, you’ll find a museum displaying religious artifacts and centuries-old frescoes.
You wouldn’t want to miss the church’s apse—it’s adorned with four incredible paintings by Nicola Russo, a talented artist straight out of Naples. These masterpieces date back to 1690, each one a treasure in its own right.
But there’s this one painting that will really catch your attention — an epic portrayal of St. Michael the Archangel, standing guard over Procida against a Saracen invasion on 8 May 1535. The fascinating part is how Russo captured Marina Grande as it was back in the 16th century.
5. Wander Through Vivara
Vivara, a semi-wild nature reserve connected to Procida by a pedestrian bridge, is a haven for nature lovers. This uninhabited mini-island was once a volcanic crater and now hosts unique flora and fauna, some of which are endemic. As you walk along its designated paths, you’ll enjoy stunning views of Procida and the surrounding sea.
Keep in mind that visits are allowed only with a guide and need to be booked in advance. The visit lasts about 1.30 h and can be done from Friday to Sunday in two shifts: one at 11.00 and the second at 15.00 by booking and paying within 48 hours in advance of the day of the visit.
6. Try Local Cuisine: Lemons, Lemons, Lemons
Procida’s culinary scene is a gastronomic delight, with seafood being the star of the show. Take time to savor traditional dishes like ‘Coniglio alla Procida’, a rabbit stew, or fresh seafood pasta while sipping on local wine.
When it comes to sweet delights in Procida, one of the island’s specialties is the delightful “Lingue di Bue,” translating to “Ox Tongues.”
As unusual as the name might sound, Lingue di Bue are pastries rather than actual ox tongues. They are called this because of their elongated oval shape that resembles an ox’s tongue. These pastries are particularly linked to Procida’s rich culinary heritage, but they are also found elsewhere in Italy with slight variations.
The pastry consists of a delicate shortcrust shell filled with luscious lemon-flavored pastry cream. The flavor and aroma of the cream are enriched by the zest and juice of Procida’s lemons, which are famous for their intense aroma and are an essential ingredient in many local recipes.
These pastries are typically enjoyed as a breakfast treat or a dessert, often served with a dusting of powdered sugar on top. When you’re visiting Procida, make sure to stop by a local bakery or café and savor these delightful treats, ideally paired with a good cup of Italian coffee. And, of course, they make a great snack while exploring the island!
7. Visit the Port of Marina Grande
Marina Grande is the main port and the bustling hub of Procida. Lined with cafés, shops, and traditional fishing boats, it’s the perfect place to soak in the island’s vibrant atmosphere.
The Church of Santa Maria della Pieta, with its unique octagonal tower, is a notable landmark.
8. Tour Casale Vascello
For an authentic taste of Procida’s traditional architecture and lifestyle, make your way to Casale Vascello. This historic area of the island, often overlooked by tourists, showcases classic examples of Procida’s distinctive architecture.
The focal point of Casale Vascello is the impressive ‘Il Vascello’ (“The Ship”), a terraced building that resembles a large ship. Although the history of the village dates back much further, its remnants are much younger, dating back to the 17th century. It’s a striking testament to Procida’s nautical history and the ingenious use of space on the densely populated island.
The area also offers narrow lanes lined with colorful homes and kitchen gardens, providing a glimpse into the locals’ daily life. It’s a place where time seems to stand still, offering visitors a quiet retreat from the busier areas of the island.
9. Enjoy Sunset at Punta Pizzaco
For a stunning end to your day, head to Punta Pizzaco, a viewing platform offering spectacular views of the sun dipping into the sea. As it’s a bit further out from the main tourist sights, it offers a spot of tranquility after a long day.
10. Shop for Local Crafts
Procida is renowned for its artisanal crafts. Visit local shops and markets to find unique souvenirs like biscuits, handmade ceramics, lemon soaps, and intricate coral jewelry, a nod to the island’s maritime heritage. Procida’s Limoncello, a zesty lemon liqueur, also makes for a great take-home gift.
Remember, by purchasing local crafts, you’re supporting the island’s artisans and contributing to the local economy.
Accomodation for Visiting Procida
Naples: Costantinopoli 104, a great choice in the historic center of Naples.
Procida: Vento di mare, a fantastic option that is just a 1-minute walk from Procida’s ferry terminal
Further Reading For Your Campania Visit
That summarizes our comprehensive guide to visiting Procida. However, we reckon you’ll find the following resources useful for planning your trip to the Campania region!
Further Reading For Your Campania Visit
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