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Procida and its Bond to Monte Di Procida

Procida measures only 4 square kilometres. You can visit it in a few days. This small Phlegrean island, which has only recently experienced the most frenetic seaside tourism, boasts many places of interest scattered around its perimeter. The smallest island in the Gulf of Naples has also been chosen as the Italian Capital of Culture 2022. Let’s discover its wonders and its bond with Monte di Procida.

The island

Procida is a true gem of the Mediterranean Sea, of which it preserves the typical architectural structures. Although it only began to take advantage of a profitable tourist activity recently, the island has not lost its purely maritime vocation. Indeed, that’s what sustains its economy still today.

The view from Terra Murata

Terra Murata is an ancient defensive fortress with a unique, breathtaking view overlooking Corricella. It is one of the island’s most fascinating places. Once down from the stronghold, visitors will find two Procida main places of religious worship: the Monastery of Santa Margherita and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

The Corricella

The Corricella is Procida’s oldest and most characteristic fishing village. A steep descent gives access to one of the most beautiful places on the island and one of the most evocative in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you will find the typical sea-life ambience. A network of colourful houses, narrow streets and hidden stairways, bars, restaurants and typical shops frame the splendid scenery of the fishers’ village. You will feel surrounded by the welcoming atmosphere of Procida.

The museums

Procida is a tiny island, but it offers much more than just seaside tourism. Here, you will also find the Museo del Mare (Museum of the Sea), dedicated to the element on which the island bases its entire life, and the Abbazia (Abbey) museum complex, which houses relics from the history of Neapolitan art and much more.

Kayak tour

Procida is so gathered that you can visit it all by kayak! It is a unique experience allowing you to approach the island from a unique point of view: every cove, corner, and beach cannot escape a sea excursion. Finally, you can also easily reach the nearby Vivara. It is a small island in the Gulf of Naples on which it is temporarily impossible to dock. However, its unspoilt nature exudes charm even from a distance.

Procida, the island of cinema

 


Thanks to its natural beauty, Procida has been chosen by numerous directors as a film set. ‘Il Postino’ (1994) is one of the most famous Italian films filmed on the island. The beloved Neapolitan actor Massimo Troisi was both protagonist and co-director of this movie, his last masterpiece before dying.

 

Monte di Procida

Monte di Procida is separated from the same name island by a short stretch of sea known as Canale di Procida (Procida Canal). It is a fascinating inlet, characterised by a unique landscape with unparalleled views. Thanks to its privileged geographical position as the most extreme part of the Phlegrean peninsula, Monte di Procida offers a panorama over the entire gulf and the islands.

 

A very ancient history

The origins of Monte di Procida are rooted in the invasions of ancient Indo-European peoples. The Opici invaded Miseno and Cumae, taking possession of them and building settlements all over the Campi Flegrei. In the meantime, the area’s strategic position made these cities and the nearby Monte the main hubs for trade in the Tyrrhenian Sea. During the Greek-Roman period, Monte established commercial and warlike links with Cumae and Miseno. The three towns almost became one. Until the early Middle Ages, Monte di Procida was known as Monte Miseno. Later, with the fall of Miseno and the subsequent barbarian invasions, Monte became administratively linked to the nearby island of Procida. Monte di Procida obtained autonomy and the current name only in 1907.

The legend of Acquamorta beach

One of Monte di Procida inlets hides the small beach of Acquamorta, boasting a beautiful harbour facing Procida. It is a romantic and popular destination, especially for the wonderful view at dawn and sunset. The curious name derives from an ancient legend linked to its origins. It is said that a fisherman and his daughter named Acqua lived in this place. One day, the girl found herself at the mercy of the waves, risking drowning, but was saved by a young fisherman from Procida. Since then, the two felt a deep bond and met on the small beach hidden by the inlet as often as possible. Some time later, on hearing the news that her beloved had lost his life in a tragic sea accident, Acqua could not bear the pain and decided to let herself drown to be reunited with him forever. From this sad and evocative legend, the islanders decided to give the beach the name of Acquamorta (dead Acqua), to testify the love story of Acqua and the fisherman.

How to reach Procida from our structure

Al Chiar di Luna is right in Monte di Procida, overlooking the beautiful Procida. You can reach the island by ferry from the nearby port of Pozzuoli.

 

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