Following the announcement last week, we take a virtual tour of the island and discover its appeal.
Located in the Gulf of Naples in the archipelago of the Flegrean Islands (together with Ischia, Vivara and Nisida), Procida is a small island with no more than 10,000 inhabitants and a long history that dates back to around the 15th century BC.
Like the tourist hotspot Capri, Procida is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable.
The Bay of Naples’ smallest island, Procida is still relatively off the beaten track.
But perhaps not for long...
The tiny island – renowned for its ancient maritime traditions – is the quintessential Mediterranean paradise, an absolute vision of colourful seaside homes and picturesque piazzas.
Think Portofino, without the crowds and arguably with a more authentic feel.
Procida has frequent ferry services from Naples and Ischia, and has several good hotels and B&Bs at more affordable prices than other Italian island destinations.
Procida can be visited as a day trip, allowing enough time to see the prettiest views and enjoy a fine harbourside meal, or for a longer stay with time to relax on the beach.
If you have time on your side, it’s best to explore the island on foot.
Not only is the sea and jagged coastlines an important trait of Procida, but also its narrow streets and churches, which somehow pair the tranquillity of the beach, with walks through the town centre to admire the architecture of centuries past.
An elderly fisherman mending traditional fishing nets by hand on the harbour. (Photo: iStock)
Lose yourself in colourful Terra Murata, a walled medieval village that’s perched staunchly on a hill.
There you’ll find the 15th-century Palazzo D’Avalos and Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, an 11th-century Benedictine abbey.
You’ll also be able to soak up the best view of the colourful island from the historic village.
After your tour, scoot down the steps to charming Corricella, then unwind with a poolside cocktail at the magical Maresia Solarium.
The most compelling areas (and where you will also find most of the hotels, bars and restaurants) are Marina Grande, Marina di Corricella and Marina di Chiaiolella.
Traditional boats and specific architecture near Marina di Corricella on the island of Procida. (Photo: iStock)
In addition to its fishing industry, Procida also has a flourishing agricultural tradition thanks to its lush vegetation with vineyards and citrus groves from which a spectacular white wine and deliciously scented lemons are produced.
Procida’s natural and cultural charm has led to it featuring in more than 30 films, including the classic Il Postino and The Talented Mr Ripley.
It has also been used as a literary setting, notably in L’Isola di Arturo (Arturo’s Island), a 1957 novel by Elsa Morante.
Those who wish to have a refreshing change from visiting some of the more crowded islands and explore some hidden gems will surely have a great time and enjoy the natural beauty of Procida.