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A day in Procida – part 2.


After the parking adventures we bought tickets to Procida and back to Napoli as tickets to Pouzzoli for the late afternoon were sold out. It takes about 30 minutes by ferry from Pouzzuoli to Procida and you can enjoy nice views while sailing.

 

The ferry was full. It was October, Procida is not (or rather it wasn’t) the most popular island, so all these people were just a huge surprise.

The second surprise waited for me after leaving the ferry. Procida was crowded with tourists. I remember when I was sailing 8 or 9 years ago to Procida on the ferry there were mostly foreigners sailing to Ischia. It was just me, my ex-husband, and maybe 10 other people who got off at Procida. This time it was completely different. I believe 99.99% of the people on the ferry were Italians and 95% got off at the Procida port.

The port of Procida has also changed a lot. Compared to my first visit, now there was a bike rental, lots of cafes, and English signs. There were also minibusses that provide free transportation around the island, which is a great idea. And a lot more shops for tourists. The tourist boom was visible at first glance.

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Procida was full of tourists.


Procida is located along an area of volcanic activity in central Tyrrhenian and is mountainous. It means the streets of the island go up and down, so of course, there are a lot of stairs.


However we both love walking so we decided to climb stairs, instead of using minibuses. We first climbed via Principe Umberto to Piazza dei Martiri, then descended to Marina Coricella which is a lovely little fishing village.

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Marina Coricella.

 

The houses in this mini harbor are colorful and have a super cool reflection in the sea. In the village, you can eat and drink something, because there are restaurants and bars. This place has become more vibrant since my first visit to the island.


From the fishing village, we wandered to the Belvedere dei Cannoni. We spent some time enjoying the picturesque panorama of the island.

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Panoramic view of Procida.

 

Then we decided to visit Palazzo D’avalos, but it was overcrowded so we gave up and only looked at it from the outside. The situation was the same with the church of the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie Incoronata; because of the very long queue, we gave up visiting inside.

We didn’t have a specific plan, we just had a nice time walking around the typical narrow streets of Procida trying to get to the beaches.

The beaches on Procida are small and sandy, but the sand is dark. We reached 2 of them, and since the day was nice, we spent some time soaking our feet in the water and lying in the sun.
Time flew by, so rather late (for Italy) we decided to have lunch. This is another characteristic of our trips, we always start looking for a place to eat lunch late, so many eateries are closed. The second reason for late lunches is Mauro’s picky mentality, typical Italian, always complaining that he doesn’t like the menu, (I’m exaggerating, but he has to compare 100 restaurants to choose one), compares all the prices, dishes, etc. Of course, finding something takes time. This was also the case at Procida, so we eventually had a late lunch in a bar near the port.

The ferry to Naples was around 5:30 pm so having some time we just strolled around watching the ever-growing crowd of people waiting for the ferry. It looked like a port siege.
If you’ve ever visited Italy, you know that Italians, especially in the South, are not the most polite people in the world. They rarely queue, they look for opportunities to push past you, they don’t respect the rule that exits have priority, they jostle, etc. Quite annoying. Embarkation looked like the evacuation of people from a war zone. Everyone was pushing to get on the ferry and take a seat. It’s not the first time I saw boarding Italians (e.g. by plane) and it’s always the same. Anyway, we got in and we were lucky because we also found seats. It takes around 1.30 hours to get to Naples from Procida so not long but we also had to go back to Puzzuoli.
And it was quite fun. I believe Italy is for motorists/tourists only. I don’t want to keep complaining about the lack of information, signs, or public transport, but I will. We couldn’t find where the bus to Pouzzola was leaving. Theoretically, the stop was at the port, but we couldn’t find it due to the lack of any signs. We ran back and forth asking people for directions and finally decided to take the train (Circumvesuviana) but it was leaving from the station that is about 7-8 km from the port. We were walking/running like crazy because there was just one train going to Pozzuoli on Sunday evening. Hallelujah, panting and sweating we made it. We reached Puzzuoli and drove back to Manfredonia.

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