Procida, also called “Monte di Procida”, is an intimate commune and gateway to the idyllic beaches, waterfront cafes and natural reserve of Procida island. However, Procida retains its own alluring attractions, including an underwater archaeological park, an ancient Roman cistern, picturesque lake and surrounding volcanoes.
Things to do in Procida
You’d be remiss visiting the town of Procida and not catching a ferry across to the island of the same name. During summer, this island is a hotspot for lazy beach days at Silurenza Beach near the harbour or Ciraccio Beach, which has intricate rock structures and crystal-clear water. You can also admire colourful houses and a hilltop medieval village.
Experienced divers shouldn’t miss exploring the Underwater Archaeological Park of Baia on a once-in-a-lifetime diving excursion. During the tour, you can see the submerged ruins of an ancient Roman city with tiles, marble and mosaics still in place. Combine it with a visit to Piscina Mirabilis, a centuries-old freshwater Roman cistern.
Nature lovers can venture slightly north of Procida to Lake Avernus, a volcanic crater lake surrounded by waterfront restaurants and walking and cycling trails. Alternatively, make a day trip to the Phlegraean Fields, a sprawling volcanic area with craters, ancient Roman ruins, steaming calderas and vineyards.
You’ll find quality nightlife options within the centre of Procida, such as the games and cocktails at Bar Centrale ENAL. You can also dine on Italian-quality pizza at Fior di Pizza or pick up baked goods and sweet treats at Catari' Snc.
Getting around Procida
Procida is best reached by driving about 50 minutes from Naples, where you can fly into Naples International Airport. You can explore the town on foot or by using taxis, while ferries are needed for visiting the island.