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Sightseeing in Procida Island - what to see. Complete travel guide

Procida is the tiny island of volcanic origin, the smallest in the Bay of Naples. The island is home to about 10,000 people. Procida features amazing atmosphere of national color, as locals cherish their traditions and customs passing them on from generation to generation. For many hundreds of years, fishing has been the main livelihood of indigenous population. The eastern part of the island is inhabited by hereditary farmers; there travelers can see fantastically beautiful orchards and extensive vineyards.
The abbey of St. Michael the Archangel is certainly one of the main attractions of Procida. This is the oldest building on the island, built in the 7th century by four Benedictine monks. … Open
Despite its undeniable appeal, Procida is unjustly deprived of tourists’ attention. It doesn’t feature well-developed tourist infrastructure, there are no large-scale hotel complexes and noisy entertainment venues. However, those associating vacations with scenic walks and exploring historic sites are sure to enjoy this small island.
The island has rich historical heritage. The Abbey of St Michael the Archangel founded in the 14th century is its main symbol. It is of great value from an architectural point of view; attention should be paid to rich interior of the abbey. The priceless paintings of Luca Giordano painted in the 17th century are its hallmarks. One of the most interesting paintings is mounted in the ceiling, it illustrates the battle between Lucifer and the archangel. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Holidays on Procida suggests not only an inspection of a variety of cultural attractions but also long walks around the island. Here you can enjoy a magnificent and almost untouched nature … Open
One of the most popular places for walking is the port area of Procida, the island's capital. You can not only enjoy vessels staying in the port, but also see the beautiful Church of Madonna della Pieta. This small church has been built in the 17th century and has survived to this day in its original form; it holds a statue of the Madonna, the patron saint of sailors. The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which is next to the Plaza of the Martyrs, is the striking monument of Baroque. Many travelers come to these places to enjoy the spectacular scenery, as there is a large panoramic terrace next to the church.
Procida The old fortress of Terra Murata is another attractive place for admiring the scenery. The fortress was built in the 16th century. It’s located on the highest point of the island, so it’s clearly visible from virtually any district. This place is the best for a memorable photo shoot. Climbing the fort also gives a lot of experience, although the height of the mountain is only 91 meters.
Choice of hotels on Procida is well worthy, despite its modest size. Each local hotel has its own unique features. One of the most prestigious hotels on the island is Albergo La Vigna … Open
Fans of natural attractions won’t be bored too; they should definitely go to the eastern part of the island, which is almost completely occupied by extensive gardens and vineyards. If the beauty of the island won’t seem enough, you can always head to the nearby island of Vivara connected with Procida with a hinged bridge. The whole territory of the island is a unique nature reserve, so that’s the best place to discover diversity of the local flora and fauna. Due to the modest size of the territory, it’s very convenient to explore the island on foot. During the walk you can see amazing residential buildings painted in different colors of the rainbow; they are also considered a clear manifestation of national traditions. Boat trips that will diversify the excursion are popular among tourists.
Procida Patmos Island is a fantastic area for everyone who likes beachside recreation. Grigos is considered the most famous resort destination on the island. It is located near the bay that has the same name. Guests of the settlement are welcome to relax on a picturesque sandy beach that is very shallow and calm, so travelers with children can hardly find a better place to relax. Taking into consideration popularity of the resort, the beach is always quite crowded. Tourists, who seek a calmer atmosphere, will not be disappointed with the nearby Kalikatsou beach. The beach near Diakofti Village is also perfectly suitable for peaceful sunbathing.
If you are looking for something colorful, you can always buy one of the variants of the carnival mask. Though Procida is not Venice, nevertheless, masks can be found in large numbers here, … Open
Charming taverns have become a true landmark of the island. These taverns are run by locals. Each of these venues offers national food cooked in accordance with traditional family recipes. Some taverns of Patmos are famous far beyond the borders of the city. Panagos is a great example of such tavern. Located not far from Kampos Beach, the tavern is open all year round. It is open in a beautiful historical building and famous not only for its signature dishes but also for a rich collection of old photographs.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Procida Island
♥   Castle 'Castello Aragonese' Ischia, 6.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Aselmeyer Castle' Naples, 19.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castel dell’Ovo' Naples, 20.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Sant’Elmo' Naples, 20.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castel Nuovo' Naples, 21 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Procida Island
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Vesuvio' , 34.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Circeo' , 103.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise' , 117.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Procida Island and around
♥   Art museum 'Archaeological Museum of the Campi Flegrei' Bacoli, 7.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Naples National Archaeological Museum' Naples, 21.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo di Capodimonte' Naples, 22.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Procida Island from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Vesuvio

From the series “The Most Active Volcanoes in the World”
In 1944, 57 people became disaster victims; during the eruption in 1980 it was managed to avoid human victims. In 1995, the neighborhood of the volcano was declared a nature reserve; now it’s attracting attention of tourists. Guests have an opportunity to walk around the reserve along fabulously beautiful gardens on the slopes of the volcano. There are also unique historical sites in the reserve, the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was destroyed by one of the large-scale eruptions. … Read further

Vesuvius Volcano

From the series “Volcanoes and Traps That Changed the Face of the Planet”
One of the most recent devastating eruptions occurred in 1805, when lava flows have destroyed a significant part of Naples. The disaster claimed the lives of 26 000 people. Over the long history, Vesuvius activity have formed the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the immediate vicinity. This outstanding natural attraction was a magnet for visitors back in the 17th century. In the late 19th century, a funicular was built on the slopes of the volcano. The vehicle brought people to the volcano’s vent. However, it was destroyed during the next eruption in 1944. Currently, it’s possible to get to the crater of one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world only using pedestrian path. … Read further
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