A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
As Capri and Ischia are attractive options, we chose to go to Procida from Naples, the least touristic one of the three coastal islands.
How to get there?
It should be an easy step, right? At least that is what we thought and were wrong. Coming from the Netherlands, where everything is planned, organized and easy to find, trying to find the ferry we need to take in Naples port was, in the best way, chaotic. Firstly, there are two different types of ferries, leaving from two opposite sides of the port, 1 km away from each other.
The first option is the slower and cheaper one: tregetta. However, as the 10.45 ferry we were planning to take was cancelled due to a technical issue, we took the faster express one. The price difference is only a couple of EURs, so you might as well just get the fast option from the beginning. But make sure that you are at the port earlier to be on the safe side as there are no signs or information booths to learn where you need to go to buy the tickets.
Even after the adventure of buying tickets, no regrets on going to Procida. It is a cute island which has that Mediterranean island vibe to the fullest with lemon trees, porcelain door numbers and colourful houses.
Even as the least touristic island at a time considerably off-season, there were quite a few people getting off from the ferry with us. But the more you go into the central areas, the least people you see. It is a quite small island, so we were able to walk through all of it within a couple of hours.
The most negative insight is that there were too many cars going through narrow streets, so most of the time it is impossible to walk next to each other.
The area called Corricella is the spot hosting the best view of the island with, picturesque houses of pastel colours. I am sure you will be surprised as well when you learn the huge building on top of rocks was an old prison. I mean, there are a lot of worse places for prisoners on earth, I guess.
Where to eat?
We only had a late lunch here, but I can confidently claim at one of the best places. Once you get to Corricella, you will see nice restaurants lined one after another. They probably have similar menus as well.
But the nice gentleman who apparently loves his job and explained the whole menu to us in English convinced us to come back and eat at the very first one of the restaurants; Graziella.
As he explained, it is also the oldest one in the small bay.
A seafood appetizer plate and one portion of their special, lemon spaghetti with mussels were more than enough for two of us and were the best seafood I have ever had, by far.
So, if you ever go to Procida, don’t miss the chance and eat here.