Procida Italian capital of culture 2022

Procida emerges from the stereotype of isolation typical of the lands surrounded by the sea, becoming the Italian capital of culture for the year 2022. For the first time, an island has won the nomination with a project that aims to attract tourists not only from all over the country but from all over the world. Procida will carry out events, meetings, productions that will make this beautiful corner of Italy known and admired.

The Capital of Culture project

The goal was achieved with a project with an impressive title: “culture does not isolate”, which well explains the message to be developed. A message of an island as a place of meeting, fusion, exploration, experimentation, knowledge, inclusion of cultures and people.

The project includes 44 cultural interventions, over 200 artists, 40 original works and 8 regenerated cultural spaces in 330 days of programming.

The Procida project convinced the jury thanks to the continuous comparison between the desire for the future and the past not to be forgotten, an excellent prospect for a year based on a restart. An island as a territory of rebirth, according to an idea of ​​social and economic development on a cultural basis.

Procida, pearl of culture in the Gulf of Naples

The island of Procida has volcanic origin, it emerged in the Gulf of Naples several thousand years ago. It is one of the Flegrean Islands together with Ischia, Nisida and the islet of Vivara. Procida is part of the Marine Reserve Kingdom of Neptune .

It has an area of ​​4.3 square kilometers, almost all of tuff and basalt, that descends into the sea with sandy shores. It is believed that its name derives from the Greek pròkeitai (the lying) due to its shape that appears lazily stretched between the Neapolitan coast and the other islands in the background.

Inhabited as early as the 16th century BC, probably by Mycenaean colonists, it was later a Greek, Cumana, Roman colony. Subsequently it underwent raids by barbarians and Saracens. In the early Middle Age, it welcomed refugees from all over Campania, mostly people fleeing the Lombard invasions and later, with the Norman conquest, it became a fortified center. Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries it continually suffered attacks from pirates and was disputed by several rulers, regaining stability only after the unification of Italy.

It is easy to understand how historical events have forged the culture of Procida into a melting pot of customs and traditions from all over the Mediterranean and beyond, creating a unique place, a small pearl to explore.

Exploring Procida is very easy and comfortable. 

The island is easily reachable aboard our yachts in less than an hour from all the ports of the area, without stress, in full relaxation and without losing even a minute of a holiday, an experience that will change your life!

What to see in Procida

The municipality of Procida occupies the entire surface of the island and is divided into nine districts: Terra Murata, Corricella, Sent’cò (Marina Grande), San Leonardo, Santissima Annunziata, Sant’Antonio, Sant’Antuòno, Chiaiolella and Semmarezio.

The oldest heart of the island is Terra Murata, a fortified hamlet dominated by Palazzo D’Avalos and the abbey of San Michele, which overlooks the marina of Corricella, the fishing village, the most iconic image of Procida.

The fishermen’s houses are one of the most characteristic features of the island with their “popular” architectural style made of arches, “donkey” stairs, terraces, ribbed and barrel vaults.

Another characteristic feature is the color. The facades of the houses are all in different pastel colors to create a colorful chromatic effect.

There are many churches on the island … almost all of the sixteenth century … small and large: Santa Maria della Pietà, San Leonardo, Sant’Antonio Abate, the Annunziata, San Rocco or the Abbey of San Michele to name just a few.

There are also many noble palaces and villas. But the poorer buildings are certainly more intriguing, such as Casale Vascello, a set of small fishermen’s houses huddled together to form a defensive (and very colorful) wall full of arches, stairs and balconies. Or like the Casa di Graziella Museum, a museum of 19th and 20th century island customs and traditions.

But Procida is also nature and sea. The beautiful beaches: Ciraccio, Chiaiolella, Chiaia or the romantic Pozzo Vecchio where Massimo Troisi shot some scenes of Il Postino. The islet of Vivara, connected to Procida by a bridge, is a nature reserve where you can admire Mediterranean bush and local fauna. If you love diving, Vivara is the ideal place.

Useful information

If you want to discover Procida, you can visit the special site created for the event and book participation in one of the many events scheduled for next year. The island is easily accessible as it is well connected by ferries and hydrofoils to the ports of Naples and Pozzuoli. You can also rent a boat to move around independently, such as one of our yachts. You can reach the beautiful island of Procida in less than an hour from the Amalfi coast, Sorrento or Naples and admire its cultural heritage.

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