How to Spend a Day in Procida, Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2022

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Pastel buildings. Pristine seas. Vibrant marinas. Cobblestone streets. Baroque churches. Historic sites. Fresh seafood. Pizza. Pasta.

Your senses are correct: Italy is calling.

While legendary gems like Capri and Ischia have long drawn in crowds of tourists with their Mediterranean allure, these islands also host luxury hotels, exclusive clubs, and crowds that tend to divert from the authenticity of the true Italy. But one of the islands of the Bay of Naples has managed to stay under the radar and maintain its authentic Mediterranean charm: Procida. However, this gorgeous tiny island is now getting the recognition it deserves, as Procida has been named the Italian Capital of Culture for 2022, so beat the crowds and book your trip to visit this quaint jewel of the sea.

Home to about 10,500 inhabitants, Procida is just under 4.1 square kilometres, meaning you truly can get a feel for the island within a day trip with ToursByLocals. Procida maintains the atmosphere of a quaint fishing village: the pace is slow, it's island living at its best, and freshly caught fish beckons from the harbour just steps from where you will devour your meal.

Procida: Italy's Capital of Culture

To celebrate its earning of the prestigious title of Italy’s Capital of Culture, Procida will be hosting a rich range of cultural events over 2022. The program will feature 44 cultural projects, 330 days of planning, 240 artists, 40 original works, and 8 regenerated cultural spaces. The itinerary includes everything from art-related events, exhibitions, cinema, performances, and site-specific installations, to projects that focus on and celebrate the island as a source of inspiration. Procida's programs also feature social inclusion projects, schemes highlighting the relationship between culture and innovation, and projects to promote strengthening education, schools, and teachers through the forging of partnerships. Take a look at the official website for Procida: Italy’s Capital of Culture for further information on these events.

On your visit to Procida, your ToursByLocals guide will show you the way and make sure you don’t miss out on any of the top sights or historic insights behind this picturesque volcanic island. There’s no shortage of photo opportunities on Procida, so have your camera at the ready as you take in the sights. Each of our tours has the option to be customized to suit your needs — consider excursions like Procida: a Jewel under the Radar, The Magic of Procida: Daily Tour of the Capital of Culture, and The Island of Procida: the Gem of the Mediterranean with Your Local Guide.

If you're looking for a bellissimo way to spend a day in Procida, it will look something like this.

Arrive in Procida

You will hop aboard a ferry about from Naples (the birthplace of pizza) on a cruise spanning about 23 kilometres and 45 minutes. Other options for departure ports include Sorrento or Ischia. Upon arriving on the island, find yourself at the main tourist port, Marina Grande, and you’ll immediately be immersed in the atmosphere of an authentic Mediterranean fishing village. Admire the beautiful colours of the houses overlooking the waterfront, pop into the craft shops, bars, pizzerias, and seafood restaurants lining the harbour, and sit down and have a coffee. You’re on island time now!

Visit the gem of Marina di Corricella

Now it’s time to visit the heart of Procida — the island’s oldest fishing village — Marina di Corricella. Just a 15-minute walk from your arrival port, this small harbour is only accessible by foot or boat. Here you will feel transported back centuries, surrounded by breathtaking views of the colourful houses stacked on top of each other up the hillside. It’s a perfect spot to dive into the local cuisine (did we mention pizza and pasta?) and enjoy lunch from one of the many cafés. For seafood lovers, the most delectable catches are on the menu caught fresh from the boats just a stone’s throw away. Don’t forget to try the granita di limone (lemon crushed ice), a true treat for the tastebuds while on the island.

Soak in the sights from Terra Murata

A visit to this picture-perfect island wouldn’t be complete without witnessing it from a bird’s eye view. Head up to Terra Murata, translating to the “walled land”, which features the fortified medieval prison that was transformed from the Royal Palace in 1830. This fascinating site presents a panoramic view of Procida and the Gulf of Naples that will leave you breathless. Stroll through the historical centre of the island and visit the impressive Benedictine monument Abbey of San Michele, which tells a tale of almost one thousand years of history. It will become more and more evident why Procida has earned its 2022 title.

Depart from the island

Any remaining free time will be filled with your choice of activities, from visiting the beautiful beach Chiaiolella, to browsing the boutique craft shops and just strolling the streets — your ToursByLocals guide will be full of suggestions.

As your day comes to an end, your belly and camera roll will be full, and you will have made memories to last a lifetime.
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