A little dream called Procida
There is an island that looks like a painting, the work of an artist in love with colors, a place that arrive directly from a fairy tale for children. In just a half hour from Naples you can reach this little dream called Procida, where it is impossible not to smile. An island made of colored happiness ready to use, without any contraindication, really easy to assume: admire, smile and repeat. Procida is the smallest island in the Gulf of Naples, often ignored in favor of the most famous sisters: Capri and the nearby Ischia. You can reach it by ferry or hydrofoil from Naples, Pozzuoli or Ischia and surely you can decide to visit it in a daily trip because it takes only half an hour by hydrofoil or an hour by ferry from Naples, less from Ischia.
Marina di Corricella
The most characteristic place of the island is certainly the Marina di Corricella, where houses painted in pastel shades that cover the small hill that descends towards the sea. Some shops and dozens of fishing boats in a village where time seems to have stopped. The best view is ascended to the old castle and the former prison of Terra Murata: a few minutes of steep walk immediately repaid by that dose of happiness of which I spoke.
Spiaggia della Lingua
Procida is also the island of the famous film, “Il Postino” or rather one of the two islands: the house of Neruda is indeed in Salina, but the place where Mario falls in love with Beatrice is here and is really a restaurant where you can have lunch (a really good lunch) with sea view. If you are a fan of movies, you can go hunting for other places taken in the film as the post office, in the reality a tobacco shop, in Piazza dei Martiri 8 and the Pozzo Vecchio Beach. In addition to the “Il Postino”, here in Procida have also been shot other famous movies such as “The Talented Mr Ripley”, walking through its streets you will find panels that are reminiscent of the most interesting, for a real tour of the great cinema. Finally, if you are looking for a beach to relax in, in addition to the already named Pozzo Vecchio or “del Postino”, there are Chiaiolella, Spiaggia di Ciraccio and the most lovely (for me) Spiaggia della Lingua.
The entire island stretches for just over 4 square kilometers, if you have enough time available you can think of exploring it on foot: from the port to the Marina of Corricella, accessible only to fishing boats, it takes just 10 minutes through the beautiful streets of the historic center. Alternatively, to reach the shores farthest from the port there are four options: use the public bus service, negotiate with a taxi a complete tour of the island, rent a scooter or even better rent an electric bike. In Marina Grande you will find a couple of rentals, but be careful that in high season the vehicles end up quickly so booking in advance could be a good idea.
I visited Procida in a daily excursion from Ischia, and certainly it was more than enough to admire the Corricella and breathe the atmosphere of an island out of time. But is it worth stopping more than a day? In reality, I think so: sleeping on an island like Procida, which is not fashion like Capri or touristic like Ischia, must be magical. A small gift to make if you are looking for a relaxed experience, to completely disconnect with the routine.
The hotels where to sleep are not very many, but you can find something for every need from the B&B to the elegant hotel. If you can then book a room in Corricella, it will certainly be a journey with a magical quid.