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. The tiny island is only 4 square kilometers large and visitors can easily walk around. One thing I have been impressed with, during this my last visit, was the huge amount of e-bikes running all over like crazy. Moped and cars make noise but electric bikes don’t so you have to look around all the time. The reason, they explicated to me, is because e-bikes are free from insurance and taxes and on top of that have no limitations when roads are closed to traffic due to any kind of reason.
Anyway, to me Procida has always had to do with Elsa Morante’s 1957 novel “Arturo’s Island”. 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. It is worth to mention that the island, and particularly la Corricella, was the set where “The Postman” was filmed. Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret and Maria Grazia Cucinotta played as stars in this movie but 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.
September is still a good month to visit Procida, is still time to sunbath, swim and relax either on the beach or wandering around.
I have been helped locally, by Nico, a friend that, after several international experiences, made his way back to his island to establish an agency who helps tourists to make themselves at home as well as renting apartments all over the island, also in the core of la Corricella. If you are interested, I can give you all the details.
The following pictures are, as always, a small sample of the work done in these last days. Hope you’ll like my pix as well as this intimate island.