Procida, the island of the “slow life”


Procida is a small island in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy, situated between the mainland and the larger island of Ischia. Procida’s charm has led to it featuring in a number of films including the classic Il Postino and The Talented Mr Ripley. The tiny island is only 4 square kilometers large and visitors can easily walk around. Procida is an island that will win your heart. It is no accident that this is where Il Postino, The Postman in english, was filmed, the movie directed by Michael Radford and starring Massimo Troisi. The island of Procida was the star just as much as the story of the bond between Pablo Neruda and the shy mailman played by Troisi. The place to visit, is beyond any doubt, la Corricella: a separate village with colorful fishermen’s houses, nets piled up on the dock, the tables of a few small cafés and colorful homes. Their façades alternate pink and yellow with green and orange. Between the houses, there are steep staircases leading to the upper part of town, but you need to look carefully to see them. It has been quite a while since my last visit to Procida, the Bay of Naples’ smallest island but also the best-kept secret. Off the mass-tourist radar, Procida is like the Portofino prototype and is refreshingly real. The island of Procida lays in the shadow of its bigger sibling, Ischia, which can be admired from almost any spot once in Procida. It has also been used as a literary setting, notably in L’Isola di Arturo (Arturo’s Island), a 1957 novel by Elsa Morante. Procida, for me, has always had to do with that Elsa Morante’s novel. In this little-known classic of Italian literature, young Arturo grows up in near-isolation on the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples. Arturo is a semi-orphaned boy’s coming-of-age in the years just before World War II. I don’t want to recall the novel here, but the description of all the places where the boy go around the island left me, at the time I was reading the book, with the desire to follow his steps. Procida hasn’t changed so much since my last time here. It’s a bit more touristic oriented, of course, specially at La Corricella, indubitably the most scenic location of the island and, to my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful location I have ever seen around the world. September is still a good month to visit Procida, is still time to sunbath, swim and relax either on the beach or wandering around.

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella at night as seen from Terra Murata

italy, naples, gulf of Naples: Procida, the entrance of the port. In the distance, Monte di Procida

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - via S. Rocco leading to La Corricella

italy, naples, gulf of Naples: Procida

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

italy, naples, gulf of Naples: Procida, fishermen in the port

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Terra Murata

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - view over La Corricella as seen from Terra Murata

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - view over La Corricella as seen from Terra Murata

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - via S. Rocco leading to La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella as seen from the drone

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella as seen from the drone

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Terra Murata as seen from the air

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Terra Murata and La Corricella as seen from the drone

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Terra Murata

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - statue to Antonio Scialoja with the church of S. Maria delle Grazie in the background in piazza dei Martiri

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Faraglioni at the Ciraccio beach

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - statue to Antonio Scialoja with the church of S. Maria delle Grazie in the background in piazza dei Martiri

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - piazza dei Martiri with via S. Rocco going down to La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella as seen from the Terra Murata

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Faraglioni at the Ciraccio beach

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Faraglioni at the Ciraccio beach

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Faraglioni at the Ciraccio beach

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Terra Murata and La Corricella as seen from the sky

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Faraglioni at the Ciraccio beach

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - sunrise from Terra Murata. The land in the distance is Capo Miseno looking towards the main land

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - sunrise from Terra Murata. In the distance the island of Capri

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - sunrise from Terra Murata

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - view from Terra Murata over via Marcello Scotti and the Confraternita dei Turchini

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Chiaia beach

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Local home at Terra Murata

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Chiaia beach

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Chiaia beach

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Chiaia beach

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - a typical house at Pizzaco point

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Terra Murata as seen from the sky

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - accessing the small town inside Terra Murata trough a narrow passage once used to defend the stronghold against pirates

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Abbazia di San Michele, terrace

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - view from piazza dei Martiri over la Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - room with a view at la Corricella. www.gioiapartments.it

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - la Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - view from Pizzaco over La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - via Pizzaco

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Terra Murata as seen from the sky

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Terra Murata and the island of Procida, as seen from the sky. In the distance the island of Ischia

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella as seen from the sky

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - the Cimitero (Graveyard)

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Cala del Pozzo Vecchio beach with the Cemetery next to it

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - The Cemetery

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - The Cemetery

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Marina di Chiaiolella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Terra Murata and la Corricella as seen from Punta Pizzaco

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Terra Murata and la Corricella as seen from Punta Pizzaco

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Room with a view at La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricellaat night

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricellaat night

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricellaat night

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Romantic dinner at La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Sunrise from Terra Murata

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Sunrise over San Michele Abbey

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella, the harbour

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - San Michele Abbey and the complex at Terra Murata

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Sunrise over Terra Murata

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - the small island of Vivara linked to the main island by a bridge

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - the small island of Vivara linked to the main island by a bridge

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - The Suite hotel

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - The Suite hotel

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - The Suite hotel

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - The Suite hotel

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - scene at La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - scene at La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - scene at La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - scene at La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - statue of Our Lady at La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - Santa Maria delle Grazie, Piazza dei Martiri

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - View over La Corricella and Terra Murata from Punta Pizzaco, at dusk

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - View over La Corricella and Terra Murata from Punta Pizzaco, at dusk

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - View over la Chiaia beach, on the left and La Corricella and Terra Murata in the distance, at dusk

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

Italy, Campania, Gulf of Naples, Procida - La Corricella

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, the port

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, the port

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, the port

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, the port

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, the port

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, the port

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, the port

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, the port

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, with the highest peak, terra murata. Behind the shape of the largest island of the gulf of naples, ischia.

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, with the highest peak, terra murata. Behind the shape of the largest island of the gulf of naples, ischia.

italy, gulf of naples: the island of procida, with the highest peak, terra murata. Behind the shape of the largest island of the gulf of naples, ischia.