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We all know about Naples, home of the pizza, but just a few kilometres off the coast you’ll find the island of Procida, a hidden gem with lots to offer those looking for some much needed relaxation.

As tourists often flock to the Italian islands of Capri or Ischia, the colourful island of Procida serves as a great destination for those who enjoy a relaxed picturesque holiday.

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Stroll down Marina Grande

If you love a waterfront view, then Marina Grande is perfect for you. Marina Grande is the main tourist port in Procida and can only be accessed by boat or ferry, unless you are flying in by helicopter. Upon arriving at the port, you will be greeted with a shoreline of homes all painted in various shades of pink, blue, yellow, red and orange. Traditionally, these colours helped the fisherman distinguish the homes on the port from their boats, but on the less practical side of things, the colours also create a wonderful attraction.
Upon arriving in Procida through the ports you will have convenient access to Via Roma, Porcida’s main street which is the home to a variety of reputable cafes with many having a long-standing history. If you’re looking for somewhere specific to have lunch then consider La Medusa, a restaurant that has been feeding tourists of Procida since 1954. Be sure not to miss washing down your meal with a quick stop at Bar Roma for an espresso and some of the best pastry you will ever taste.
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Admire the architecture

Though Procida might be a tiny spot, it’s been crowned as Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2022, making it the first island to ever win the title. Taking aside the lively and colourful homes that are spread across the island, Procida also has many idyllic churches that have stood for centuries. The 18th-century church Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pièta and the 1679 mustard-yellow church Santa Maria delle Grazie are particularly beautiful and are a must-visit. While you’re there, be sure to have a wander inside as these churches look just as good on the inside as they do out.
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Take it to the top at Terra Murata

Terra Murata is a fortified medieval stronghold which sits at the highest point and northern tip of the island. From up here, you will be granted two exquisite viewpoints of the island’s most panoramic views: candy-coloured Coricella on the west, and the Gulf of Naples to the east.
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Black sand beaches

You can go anywhere to see tan sands and crystal clear waters, but Spiaggia Pozzovecchio boasts crystal clear waters are accompanied by unique black sand that can be found in very few places in the world. Take refuge under a beach umbrella and simply enjoy what this beach has to offer.
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Lido di Procida

Once you’ve had your black sand fix, don’t forget to check out the other beaches in Procida. As this island is a hidden gem, there are always plenty of beach umbrellas and spots on the sand to go around so you can sit back and relax. Lido di Procida is a beach further south on the island with fantastic bathing station amenities, and a bar and restaurant serving pizza to satisfy your taste for Italy.
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Take a boat ride

Ferry and boat trips to other islands and the City of Naples from Procida can easily be done in under an hour. This stylish mode of transportation not only gives you accessibility to other locations, but you will also get to sit back and enjoy the sights.
On your next visit to Italy, you can’t leave Procida off the list. This beautiful island is tranquil and gets you away from the hustle and bustle of typical tourist locations, all while giving you the Italian experience in a traditional sense.

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