I saw it a while ago in some pictures, and was impressed with it's beauty so obviously I wanted to see it as it seems not to be very touristic (yet). So I decided to skip Capri and Ischia the 2 bigger and more famous islands and headed towards the tine Procida. Nice right?
Procida is one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy. The island is between Cape Miseno and the island of Ischia.
Area: 4.1 square km
Total population (2010): 10.596
Getting there from Naples + prices
We checked this website and so should you, and you can buy the tickets from the counter .
Note that Traghetto is slower than Aliscafo but cheaper.
On the way there we booked the 10:45 Traghetto with 11.2 Euro from Ferry Station Porta di Massa in Napoli and on the way back we got a fast boat that dropped us in Ferry Station Molo Beverello. You can see both on the map below.
Ferry Porta di Massa seems to be mainly used for heavy weight ferries and huge ships, to recognize once you see the SITA BUS stop, go left towards the port. You should see this building:
you should walk until you see this on the right side, ask around if it feels confusing.
in the building go left and then walk till you'll see a bit of queue on the right side, there you can buy your ticket. Go back to the entry hall and then turn left (you have the entrance on the right hand side). You'll get outside to something like this
The boat is huge and comfortable, you have of course a toilette and a bar
The boat journey itself is very nice as it offers some very great views around.
and then you arrive to this little magical place, with tiny streets and even smaller cars. Just walk around you'll see everything it needs to be seen in a couple of hours.
after the church turn left and go up till the first intersection, you'll get a sign with Centro Storico to the left just follow it
follow the street and you will reach Piazza dei Martiri where you can find the church San Leonardo and a beautiful view over the port and the rest of the island.
Turning left right after you entered the market at the fountain you'll reach a sort of a inner yard with old buildings called Il casale Vascello di Procida that offers typical architecture.
You are allowed to enter, so don't be shy and have a look :)
From here you can exist through the "back" so that you reconnect with the street which is leading to Marina Coricella before the magic view you get from there have a look at this :)
so as I was saying, back to the main road we walk to the Marina Coricella
From here you can also spot the church Santa Margherita Nuova. It dates from the 16th century where Dominican Monks lived.
After that we continued our way up on the little streets
until we reached Pallazo D'Avalos, which seems to be closed at the moment.
Afer enjoying a bit the view we made a last stop at Abazzia di San Michele before heading for lunch
Lunch Break @La Locanda del Postino
I wanted to eat at Il Maestrale but it was closed when we got there so we decided to try out the restaurant next door El Postino. The food was good the the spot relaxing with a great view.
Back to Napoli
We took a boat at 16:50 and it was a perfect moment to get a super sunset goodbye
And this was our day trip to Procida, I must say that this tiny piece of land really impressed me. If you plan to visit Naples have a look at my post here