Procida and Vivara

This is an excerpt from the book “Naples, Capri, Ischia and Pompeii‘ by Enrico Massetti.

Procida – Photo © theamalficoast.info
Procida – Photo © theamalficoast.info

Procida and Vivara Islands

Procida is the smallest island of the Gulf of Naples; it’s is rich in attractions and archaeology: the small island of Vivara, linked to Procida by a bridge, has archeological excavations. The architecture of Procida has a Greek origin in fact the history of Procida is concentrated first of all on the medieval village “Terra Murata” and on ‘a“Corricella”, the fishermen settlement.

Procida – Photo © telegraph.co.uk
Procida – Photo © telegraph.co.uk

The island of Procida is the set of several films like “The Postman” by Massimo Troisi. Some scene of  “The talented Mr. Ripley” were shot just on Corricella. The landmarks of Procida have the typical Mediterranean pastel colors. Procida offers simple cooking and at least 10 excellent restaurants with plain cooking based on fresh fish that never fails thanks to the 20 fishing boats and a lot of small drifters.

The specialties of the cooking are: stewed rabbit, (it goes back to the Borboni that came on Procida to hunt the wild rabbit on Vivara) and spaghetti with sea-urchin. Procida has 6 beaches and 3 tufo sides with crystal-clear waters.

Procida – Photo © westeastsouthnorth.tumblr.com
Procida – Photo © westeastsouthnorth.tumblr.com

Procida is enchanting, like an imaginary Italian island come true. The architecture, with houses apparently blending into each other or separated by inter-twining passages in a riot of pastel colours, is like something from a film set. Beyond Marina Grande and Corricella the island is very green with many campsites near the beaches on either side of the island. An island of sailors and fishermen, Procida’s simplicity is well summed up by the combination of its excellent fish, outstanding lemons and pleasant white wine.

Where to stay in Procida

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