Located just off the coast of Naples, Procida Island in Italy is a pastel-coloured gem. The island is known for its authenticity and local way of living. Much quieter than surrounding islands such as Ischia and Capri, staying in Procida will allow you to relax and immerse yourself in the Italian way of life.
The island is oozing in rustic charm, unlike its more polished neighbours. It is the perfect escape for travellers seeking an authentic Italian escape.
How to get to Procida island
There is no airport on the island so the best and only way to get to Procida island is by sea.
Visitors can take a private boat or Ferry from Naples to Procida or one of the various ports along the coastline. The ferries to Procida leave from Naples and Pozzuoli daily and run all year round.
Throughout the summer season in Italy, you will find more ferry options, including ferries to Procida from Ischia.
How to get from Naples Airport to Naples Ferry Terminal
The main airport in the city of Naples is the Naples-Capodichino International Airport. The airport offers flights all over Europe, with regular flights a day.
The quickest way of getting to Naples Ferry Terminal from the airport is by taxi, which takes around 10-15 minutes.
Something I noticed when I visited Italy recently was taxi costs have increased significantly, so I only used them when I was in a hurry or no public transport was available.
A cheaper alternative is to get the bus, taking 25-45 minutes and costs between €2-€6.
The most direct bus from Naples Airport to the Port of Naples is the Alibus, which takes 40 minutes to reach the piers of Molo Beverello and Calata Porto di Massa.
The bus will first stop at the Central Train Station before moving on to the port.
Visiting Procida from the Amalfi Coast?
During peak tourist season in Italy, there are ferries from Sorrento to Procida, and to/from Capri and the Amalfi Coast. These ferries don’t run every day but go a few times a week. You can check the ferry schedule here.
If you don’t fancy joining everyone on the ferry, you can enjoy a private boat trip within the Bay of Naples from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
There is a brilliant small boat tour to Procida from Sorrento that also stops at Ischia that I would highly recommend. The tour includes time for swimming, as well as a limoncello tasting session.
Things to do in Procida
While there are plenty of things to enjoy on Procida Island, I recommend visiting due to its quiet, relaxed atmosphere. There is no need to wake up early and rush around. Nothing beats the enjoyment of a morning coffee overlooking the sea, followed by a delicious Italian breakfast to fuel up for the day.
With its slower pace of living, scenic landscapes, and pretty streets, Procida allows travellers to unwind, switch off, and revel in life’s simple pleasures. Whether you’re meandering through the island’s quaint villages, lounging on the beach, or savouring local cuisine by the sea, Procida’s ambience offers the most beautiful sense of calm, making it a truly memorable place to visit.
Experience the beautiful coastline on a boat trip around Procida – Explore the blue azures that surround Procida on a boat trip. Take in the stunning scenery before jumping into the water to refresh yourself from the summer heat or participate in a spot of snorkelling.
Enjoy a spot of shopping – There are some really cute boutique stores in Procida on the main thoroughfare from the port. I bought some beautiful hoop earrings and a sweater ready for autumn!
Eat Neapolitan pizza – Thanks to its location on Naples doorstep, its not hard to find delicious Neapolitan pizzas. We sat down to eat at Ristorante Pizzeria Fuego which is on the waterfront. The pizzas were amazing, service very friendly, and incredible views too. I would highly recommend.
Relax at the beach – There are a number of beaches on Procida. They are not the golden sandy beaches you might find elsewhere in Italy but they’re a nice place to relax with pretty views. I would recommend Chiaia Beach which is isolated yet central, its shallow waters make it ideal for swimming with children. Pozzo Vecchio, Ciraccio, and La Lingua are also worth a visit.
Take in the views from the Terra Murata -Experience the best view of Procida from Terra Murata, a medieval fortification that overlooks the Bay of Procida.
Take the ferry to Ischia – The ferry from Procida to Ischia takes just 24 minutes so if you are spending a few days in Procida, I would highly recommend taking this day trip.
Ischia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Ischia is naturally beautiful, with breathtaking sea views. It is home to lush gardens, historic castles, and charming beaches. Once overshadowed by nearby Capri, Ischia is finally coming getting its own spotlight.
It is the largest island in the Gulf of Naples and has much to offer, including its own wine, 5* hotels, and delicious cuisine.
There are no beach clubs (yet) in Procida, so if this is something you’re after, try out La Scanella. Set within the island’s rocky coastline, Club Scanella can be reached by boat or walking down hundreds of steps. I promise it’s worth the effort!
Where to stay in Procida
Procida as a tourist destination is still relatively young, for this reason there aren’t a huge amounts of hotels. Visitors may prefer to stay in B&Bs or holiday rentals, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great places to stay.
Hotels in Procida
A stylish boutique hotel with a splash of luxury, La Suite Boutique Hotel & Spa aims to be an authentically Italian home away from home. Close to the beach, the hotel boats a beautiful swimming pool, and 21 beautifully designed rooms and suites.
Another great hotel in Procida with a pool, Il Leone di Mare is more of a hybrid between hotel and B&B. The hotel is family friendly and even allows pets!
Slightly dated but with an old world charm, Hotel La Casa sul Mare offers romantic sea views with private terraces in which guests can enjoy them from. With just 10 guest rooms, the hotel offers a peaceful and private atmosphere within the centre of Procida. A shuttle is provided to the beach whilst the hotel is within walking distance from the centre of town.
Home rentals in Procida
There are some great Air Bnbs in Procida, like the hotels they are more on the rustic side, but usually well situated to explore. My favourite is Piscaca, a renovated fisherman’s house with space for four guests.
Corricella Tower is another beauty with a large balcony, perfect for watching the world go by.
If you need something a little bigger for a family holiday or trip with friends, Le Giuggiole is a gorgeous home located in a lemon grove. Perfect if you are spending longer on the island, the home is close to Ciraccio beach and offers a charming courtyard, large kitchen-living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms.