cosa vedere a procida

What to see at Procida

The island of Procida is a small, exclusive but not glamorous island, distant from the crowded tourist routes. It still has the original dimension and identity of a rustic culture and marine traditions. The island of Procida has irregular coastlines with high, rocky cliffs and flat and sandy beaches.
The volcanic nature of the land makes the vegetation prosperous and the large presence of tufa gives the buildings a distinctive mark that is characterised by the polychrome colour of the facades obtained by mixing tufa dust with pozzolana.

You absolutely must see the Marina Grande, the island’s only commercial seaport, surrounded by a wall of brightly coloured houses. As soon as you land, in front of the port, you will find Palazzo Montefusco, once a royal residence, also known as ‘Merlato’ because of the marvellous crenellation that decorates its façade.
Along Via Roma, a must is the bar ‘Il Cavaliere’ where you can taste ‘lingue di bue’, a typical Procidan sweet.

The historical centre is the medieval village of Terra Murata, built on the island’s highest point. Here, the main attraction is the Abbey of St Michael Archangel and the De Iorio palace, the only noble example in the village.

Before the rise to the Castle, which became a penitentiary in the 19th century, there is a small road that goes down to the Marina delle Corricella, the most distinctive and picturesque village on the island, characterised by colourful little houses placed one on top of the other like a nativity set. The village has grown up around the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, whose dome is visible from every part of the marina.

An absolute must is a stop at the Graziella bar where you can taste one of the exquisite lemon granitas on the island.

For a swim in the sea, one can stop at the Chiaia beach, which is characterised by very fine, black sand of volcanic origin, or at Chiaiolella, a long beach that ends in a small touristic harbour crowded with excellent bars and restaurants. The bay of Chiaiolella is surrounded by the Santa Margherita promontory, on which there was an ancient Benedictine monastery abandoned in the 16th century due to Saracen incursions.
It is a short walk to the small island of Vivara, a satellite island connected to Procida by a bridge, a natural oasis managed by the WWF and characterised by Mediterranean vegetation mixed with olive trees.