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Procida is like the lesser-known sister of the more popular islands of Capri and Ischia in Southern Italy. However don’t be fooled, because it is no less beautiful. Think pastel houses, excellent views and located just off the coast of Naples, Procida offers an authentic Italian experience minus the crowds. This mini Procida travel guide has everything you need to know to make your solo day trip a memorable one.
How do I get to Procida?
From any international airports to Rome, onward to Napoli (Naples)
My first point of departure was from Doha, Qatar. It took me 6 hours to get from Hamad International to Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino (FCO) airport. From Rome, you can either take a direct1.5 hours train ride or a 50-minute flight to Naples International Airport (NAP). I took an Alitalia flight because it was convenient and cheaper (on staff discount) as compared to a train ride.
The nearest port for direct hydrofoils or ferries to Procida is Napoli Beverello. There are two ferry operators from Napoli Beverello – Snav and Caremar that will take you to the island. The journey takes around 45 minutes and prices are dependent on your departure timing (approx. €39-45/pax return).
During the summer months, especially on the weekends, it is best to make an online booking for your tickets. But for Procida, I checked ticket availabilities online the previous night and went directly to the port to purchase.
There are direct hydrofoils (15 minutes) and ferries (30 minutes) from Ischia to Procida en route to Napoli Beverello.
How long should I stay in Procida?
While I experienced Procida as a day trip from Naples, I would love to experience it a little longer if I had company. I believe it’ll be amazing to wake up in the morning and breathe the fresh, crisp air and enjoy the sunrise over Marina Corricella. Or head down to any of the black sand beaches to catch a beautiful sunset without having to worry about your ferry.
How do I get around ?
Procida is tiny at 4.1 km2 , so I basically walked everywhere. You can also take the public buses that run every 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased in advance at small shops around the area. If you have a bike license, you should definitely rent a scooter. They are readily available for rent at the port.
Things to do and see in Procida:
Viewpoint from Terra Murata
Terra Murata is the highest point in Procida. At 91 metres or 299 ft, it boasts a magnificent view of Marina Corricella and the Gulf of Naples. The hike up there was definitely worth it. Bring a water bottle, though. In summer it gets rather scorching hot in the afternoons.
Exploring Terra Murata Village
Once you’ve soaked in the sights and the lovely summer breeze on the viewpoint, it’s time to head down towards the marina. It was quite an experience, weaving through narrow lanes and strangers’ front yards. The pastel houses are beautiful up close too and behold a random cacti garden.
Viewpoint from l’Abbazia Di San Michele Arcangelo
Unfortunately, when I visited on a Monday late morning, the church and museum only opened later in the afternoon. The entrance fee to the abbey is €3, and it is one of the most prestigious and affluent churches in Southern Italy. I did, however, got to enjoy the view from the church. That didn’t cost anything.
Have Lunch at La Lampara
By the time I arrived at my restaurant of choice, I was starving. La Lampara restaurant is located within Hotel La Corricella a three-star hotel in Procida. Overlooking Marina Corricella, the restaurant offers a magnificent view of the pastel houses and the crystal clear, azure waters of the marina. The restaurant is open to the public and offers an extensive menu of fresh fish, refreshing drinks, plus excellent service.
Take a walk down Marina Corricella
After a satisfying lunch, head down a flight of stairs down to the marina where you can admire the boats we can only dream of affording. Unless you are rich, good for you. Here is where you can admire the pastel houses looming over you, and then grab a cone of gelato for a late afternoon treat.
Relax by the beach of Procida
Owing to its volcanic origins, the sand of Procida’s beaches is typically coarse and dark, unlike the light sand of Capri. I went to Ciraccio beach on the west side of the island. It is the longest sandy stretch of the whole island and is connected to the beautiful Chiaolella beach. It’s rather secluded – there are no beach bars or toilets here, hence it’s perfect to lay down my picnic mat and stretch out with a book. I also took the opportunity to
show off photograph my new handmade sandals from Ravello. This was my final stop before making my way to the port for my ferry back to Naples.
Hope that you’ve enjoyed my Procida travel guide! It is definitely possible and safe to travel here alone as I did. Just like in Bangkok, Thailand, The locals are warm and friendly and will try to converse in English with you whenever they could. If they couldn’t, they’ll definitely throw a smile or two your way.