If you are visiting the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, I would recommend taking a day trip to Procida. Procida is the smallest island in the Bay of Naples. Despite its close location to the mainland, it receives nowhere near as many foreign visitors as the neighbouring islands of Capri and Ischia. Procida seems to remain a secret to foreigners, although it’s popular with napoletani looking for a summer escape.
What made me fall in love with this little secret island in the Bay of Naples was the view from Terra Murata. Here you can gaze at the tangle of houses painted in pink, yellow, blue and green tumbled towards Marina Corricella. At sunset the sun is setting behind and lighting up the sky in a blaze of orange and pink. And small fishing boats are dipping in the water.
If you are staying on the island of Ischia, you can easily visit the prominent Amalfi Coast with iconic places like Positano, Amalfi, and Sorrento. The boats from Ischia depart almost every day. You may need to spend a night or two if you travel to for instance Positano and Sorrento because the return is often not convenient.
A day trip to Procida from Ischia is the perfect option if you want to experience another island, but don’t feel like wasting too much time on a boat. And maybe you don’t feel like getting into a tourist trap. The boats from Ischia depart every day from early morning to late night, and it will take you about 30 minutes to arrive at this little colorful island. In the off-season, from late September to the end of October, the boat will most likely just contain local Italians going to work.
The Terra Murata is the highest point on Procida and the oldest village. The fortress walls were built as protection from invaders in the 15th century. On the top of the fortress you get magnificent view of the coastline, which makes it an ideal sunset spot. You can tell from the photos that I found my favorite spot on the island.
Walk around the cobblestone streets and take in the beautiful Italian culture on every corner. Along the waterfront there are piles of fishing nets and patio restaurants where you can enjoy a fresh seafood meal with a view of the Terra Murata and bobbing fishing boats.
It is totally understandable if you want to extend your day trip to Procida. I got the same feeling, especially in the low season when you can walk around the cobblestone streets in almost total tranquility. If you decide to stay, I recommend treating yourself a sea-view bedroom at La Casa sul Mare Hotel. Waking up to sunrise and enjoying the sunset from your balcony, is worth experiencing.