If you’re spending more than one day in Naples, Italy then a day trip from Naples to Procida is easily doable and totally worth it.
Procida is a tiny island located in southern Italy near Ischia in the Bay of Naples. If you look at the map, you’ll see just how small it is compared to its neighbors. We managed to do the day trip in under 5 hours on the sunniest and hottest day ever.
The island is uniquely beautiful, and a perfect place for anyone who loves to capture landscapes. Below I’ll share the simplest way to get to Procida from Naples.
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Naples to Procida
With these easy steps, you’ll be able to get to Procida from Naples by ferry in under one hour. There are two ports in Naples that offer several ferry times to Procida. Those ports are:
- Molo Beverello
- Porta di Massa
These ports are about half a mile or a 15-minute walk from each other.
The ferry companies that go to Procida are SNAV and Caremar. Here is a recent timetable. Prices for a one-way ticket vary from 10-20 euros depending on time and duration.
The faster ferries will generally be more expensive and prices will also go up during peak times. The trip could take about 40 minutes to an hour depending on the ferry you book, the same goes for the return trip.
I believe all of these ferries are headed toward the much larger island of Ischia but stop at Procida on the way. Some ferries also have room for cars if that’s something you are interested in.
The ferries run from 6 AM to 10 PM. Frequency is all over the place but there are at least 1-2 trips every hour.
I would purchase tickets ahead of time (from the link above) to not worry about them selling out. Make note of the port you are departing from so you don’t miss your ferry!
Procida to Naples
There is only one main port in Procida called “Porto di Procida” where all ferries arrive. You arrive in the main area of the island and most everything is walkable from there.
If you do not purchase a return ticket ahead of time, you can buy one near this port before boarding. You’ll quickly spot the ticket booths to the right of all the ferries when you’re getting off.
We bought a one-way ticket to Procida from Naples because we weren’t sure how much time we needed on the island. When we were ready to head back, we just got our return tickets near the port.
When returning to Naples, you’ll find the same companies offering tickets. The return ferries run from 6:35 AM – 8:15 PM and offer at least 1-2 trips every hour. You can see that timetable here. Prices are similar at around 10-17 euros.
It’s a pretty simple journey to visit Procida. You don’t need to book a tour. However, if you prefer the tour route, this one includes a roundtrip ferry ride, lunch, wine, and time on your own to explore the island: check the latest prices here.
Things to do in Procida
- Marina Grande is the main port of the island. Here you’ll find a shopping strip with artisan workshops and souvenir shops. There are also several restaurants to choose from offering everything from breakfast to dinner.
- Make your way to the oldest village named Terra Murata, which is the highest point on the island. We made our way up from the port and took tons of photos at different viewpoints along the way. Once at the top, you’ll spot the wonderful picturesque views of the island.
- Don’t miss the port of Corricella (Marina Corricella)! I made the mistake of being too hot, bothered, and lazy to make my way down there after hiking up to Terra Murata so I didn’t get any photos of the port. Don’t skip this beautiful fishing village. It can only be reached on foot. Here you can experience the rugged yet colorful homes, crystal clear water, fishermen at work, and several restaurants offering typical cuisine.
- Depending on the weather, you can take a dip in the sea by visiting one of Procida’s beaches. Chiaiolella Beach is the best-rated one on Tripadvisor.
If you’ve never heard of the island of Procida, I hope you add it to your list. I chose it for the views but fell for its pastel architecture and quiet moments. There were times when it felt like we had the entire island to ourselves, and I think those are the best kind of places.
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