A surface area of barely 4 square kilometres and 16 km of coastline makes Procida the ideal place for whoever wishes to discover the true dimension of living by the sea. The island offers beaches of sand and stone. Procida passed to the crown of Naples […]
A surface area of barely 4 square kilometres and 16 km of coastline makes Procida the ideal place for whoever wishes to discover the true dimension of living by the sea. The island offers beaches of sand and stone. Procida passed to the crown of Naples in 1644 and it was occupied three times by the British. The first time in 1799, while it was a Neapolitan Republic, then from 1806 to 1809 and in 1813 during the war against Napoleon. Procida’s houses maintain all the charm of traditional Mediterranean architecture. Furthermore, It can be said that the sea is a vital factor for this place as it accounts for the character of its inhabitants, mostly fishermen or sailors. The sea is also vital when looking at the food culture of this place (Fishing is still carried out using traditional methods); It also represents the island’s main asset for the future because Procida has managed to safeguard its natural environment.
There are several harbours on the three sides of Procida: On the north, you will find the port called Marina grande with the beach of “Il cannone” nearby. Then the fishing village of Marina Di Corricella on the east of the island with its houses in whole range of pastel colours. On the south you will see Marina Di Chiaiolella, where you will find the moorings for pleasure craft. There is no doubt that a trip around the coast is the best away to get to know its coves, the rugged tuff cliffs and a crystal clear sea. But there are also large expanses of sand which are easily accessible for families and young people. The beaches of Chiaiolela are the most popular, with sun-beds, beach umbrellas and the numerous restaurants and bars where you can enjoy seafood and limoncello (The liqueur made from Procida celebrated lemons). Procida’s landscapes and its typical Mediterranean architecture have also made this place a film set, in fact this island has been the set for films such as “Il Postino” with Philippe Noiret and Massimo Troisi and “The Talented Mr. Ripley” starring Matt Damon.