Absolutely. Procida really is a speck of an island in an area of only 4.1 km² but don’t let the size fool you. Dynamite comes in small bottles. This island has such an easy laid-back feel and sense of community spirit.
The people are super friendly. For instance, in no time did I knock up a conversation with an islander about their beautiful St Bernard dog. The dog had such character, and I found the same everywhere around the island. This little island has character, and its inhabitants are like one big family. At least, that’s my interpretation.
Many islanders are seafarers and they still get to enjoy the tranquility after a trip out on the seas.
The tradition of seafarers is quite strong and so the island today boasts a very popular maritime academy.
The 1994 Oscar-winning movie Il Postino was filmed partially in Corricella. Another movie, The Talented Mr Ripley, was filmed in Mongibello in 1999 (featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Matt Damon). Not bad for such a tiny island, right!?
Despite these two accolades, the island is a hidden gem in the sense that it’s not high on the tourists’ list of places to visit.
But things may change, so best you get to Procida as soon as possible. For the first time ever, the coveted accolade of Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2022, went to an island. And this time, yes, you’ve guessed it, Procida! No doubt, the sought-after accolade will increase tourism to the island.
If you’re looking for night clubs, luxury lodging options, and entertainment, you’re at the wrong spot. Then I suggest Capri. Here it’s like I said earlier on, it’s about traditions and community and life. It’s all about authenticity.
In conclusion, having had a peep into the beautiful undersubscribed hidden gem of a holiday destination, it’s time to plan your trip to Procida.
Ideally, you can plan to stay 2 to 3 days which gives you enough time to enjoy and explore without rushing.