Spring bank holiday in the Bay of Naples Part II – Procida

The ludicrously captivating island of Procida deserves a post of its own. Having missed the boat (figuratively, not literally) on this little gem two years ago in my heat-fatigued haze, I was determined to pay a visit this time round. With a surface area of just 1.58 square miles, Procida can easily be experienced as a day trip from Naples, though I also think it would also make for a very pleasant and relaxing stay over a couple of days. The crossing takes 40 minutes from Naples (it’s not possible to go direct from Capri) but, if you travel over a weekend or during high season, I would strongly recommend booking your return leg in advance. When I tried to catch the last boat back to Naples on the Sunday evening I (and a bunch of other similarly worried looking day trippers) were told by a somewhat blase ticket vendor that the boat was full and we would have to either return the next morning or catch another boat to Pozzuoli (another town approx 1 hour from Naples) instead. Needless to say we chose the latter option, resulting in a much longer and considerably more expensive trip back to the mainland!

Despite it’s diminuitive size and lack of “attractions” compared with its sister islands in the Bay of Naples, Procida is popular with local Italians (we saw few foreigners here) and was famously featured in the classic Italian film “Il Postino”. Here is a glimpse of this beautiful island…

Il porto – a pure blast of pastel colour
IMG_8332 cnIMG_8335 crop cnSantuario della Madonna delle Grazie – pretty lemon-coloured domed church at the top of a hill overlooking the marina

IMG_8339 crop cnStreet leading down to the marina

IMG_8344 crop cnOverlooking Marina Corricella

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The picture-postcard perfect Marina Corricella

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IMG_8393One of the island’s many beaches with black volcanic sandIMG_8387 cnArrivaderci! Sailing back to the mainland in the evening.20150503_191537 crop

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