Welcome to the island of Procida! Procida is a small volcanic island in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy. To reach Procida, you can either take a ferry from Naples or Pozzuoli. There is also a short water taxi available at the Porto di Acqumorta in Monte di Procida. The ferries all dock here at the Marina Granda, also known as the Marina di Sancio Cattolico. The mainland is only 3.4km away. The island was formed by the eruption of four different volcanoes, now dormant and submerged. There is only one town on the island, Procida, and it is divided up into nine districts. This district is known as Sent’co. This is the Church of Santa Maria della Pieta, built in 1760 on the ruins of an ancient chapel called the Church of the Sailors. While island is small, only 4.1sq.km. (1.6 sq mi) it is best seen while riding a scooter. The island derives its name from the Latin name Prochyta which means ‘poured out’ in Greek. It is also said that the name Prochyta, could have meant ‘near Cuma’ which was the original Greek settlement on the mainland just a few km away. The church, as it looks today, dates back to eighteenth century. This road leads to the districts of Terra Murato and the fishing village of Corricella. The population of Procida is around 10,500 residents but that number nearly doubles in the summer when Italians go here on holiday. Like Capri, ‘Procida’ is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable . Procida’s low-key charm has lead to it be the setting for several movies including The Talented Mr. Ripley with Matt Damon. At the end of this road is the Piazza Dei Martiri where several scenes of the movie were filmed. This is the Church of the Madonna delle Grazie, built in 1679. This road leads down to picturesque fishing village of Corricella. The only way to reach Corricella is by sea or by a few different series of stairways. For centuries, the economy of Procida has been dependent on fishing and other trades of sea. This small village is a peaceful and seductive refuge for those who prefer relaxing holidays. The Telegraph in 2017 listed Corricella as the 11th of Italy’s 19 most-beautiful villages. The name Corricella comes from the Greek “kora Cale” which means nice neighborhood. The local cuisine is clearly seafood and it is of the highest quality. If you ever come to the island, make sure to have lunch here in Corricella. My family and I rented a boat in Monte di Procida a while back. We came to this small harbor and the kids swam. The water is very shallow. During Roman times, the island had several small settlements and villas but there was no urban center. The island eventually became a renowned resort for Rome’s ruling class. After the fall or Rome, the island invaded by pirates and most of the villas were destroyed. To protect themselves from invaders, the inhabitants settled in a fortified village on the highest part of the island. This road leads up to the fortified center of Terra Murata. Here at the top there are two long-range cannons that date back to Neapolitan Republic of 1799. Here at the cliffs edge is the Santa Margherita Nuova which dates back to the end of the 16th-century. Currently the church is used for exhibitions and cultural events. To the left of this wall is the Palazzo d’Avalos, built by the d’Avalos family in the 16th century. In 1830, the palace was converted into a prison, which finally closed its doors in 1988.