Exploring Procida IslandAmalficoast
Procida For A Day
Walking the streets at 6:30am in Naples while the city is still asleep is akin to a midnight New York stroll minus the car alarms and hordes of people. It was a wonderful opportunity to catch the pink and purple hues of sunrise at the docks while I waited for my 7:40AM ferry to Procida. The docks were about a ten minute walk from my hostel in Naples and I arrived a little bit early to redeem my ticket.
The ferry to Procida included a return ticket and a midday 3 course lunch at one of the local restaurants. I booked the ticket ahead of time on Get Your Guide for $58. The ride was nothing short of scenic and comfortable. There was no outdoor seating but there were ample window views to enjoy the rising sun. I may have dozed off for a few but was wide awake when we arrived.
Procida reminds me of one of those charming hidden villages that you see in movies. Just barely peaking over the horizon, the sun cast a golden glow on the multicolored buildings, docked boats, and motorized bikes zipping by. But this was a different kind of noise; subtle, yet just enough to breathe the life of local charm into the island. I ventured off walking in whichever direction; because getting lost in charming villages where I don’t know the language, is my favorite pastime by FAR. Winding roads, cobblestone alleys, family owned markets, boutique stores, and waterside restaurants have a different vacation vibe than the very busy Amalfi Coast. There were hardly any tourists; save a few European families and locals from Naples on holiday. Their off-season was different from the one on Positano; there was no loud music pumping or men offering tours. It was a quiet escape for families and people that like a different kind of peace.
I arrived at port Marina Corricella around 8am, just as the sun rays were blanketing the sea of colorfully dotted houses. Pastel shades of pink, blue, green, and yellow created an air of happiness about the place. Fisherman were preparing their nets and repairing their boats all along the coast. This was everyday for them; these views and this life. I walked until I reached the top and took some photos of the marvelous view before reaching Terra Murata to view the Prata di Murata prison that once housed political prisoners. It was not open for a tour that day.
I began the descent back down towards Pozzo Vecchio (Postino Beach), where the classic Italian film The Post Man was made. One of the most scenic beaches on Procida, it was hidden en route to a cemetery and narrow walkway filled with geckos and pomegranate trees. When I arrived, almost-black sands and subtle waves greeted me. The beach was closed to the public due to bacterial contamination but was still a beautiful sight.
After walking all day, I decided to grab one of the taxis to Marina Chiaoilella. Here, I found a beautiful beach with views of Ischia from my comfortable beach side seating. I settled at one of the beachside restaurants for some appetizers and an Aperol Spritz, a common Italian drink composed of Prosecco, Aperol and soda. Enjoying the view and my plate of amazing desserts while soaking my feet in the cool ocean waters was a pleasure everyone should be able to have.
I finished my trip by having a late lunch at a restaurant near the main port. Gnocchi bolognese, grilled swordfish and a strawberry gelato with white wine of course. I opted for a late ferry back to Naples, just so I could peruse the coast some more. I stopped at every boutique and shop out of curiosity. I had another spritz or two and made new friends. The next time I visit Procida I’ll rent a Vespa at one of the local bike shops and create my own tour and probably try out some other restaurants with the days catch.