day trip to Procida

Planning your vacation in southern Italy? Take a day trip to Procida.

Procida is for sure one of the best-kept secrets in the Bay of Naples. This Italy’s island gem is probably one of the cutest little town islands I visited. Colourful houses, narrow streets, charming harbour and 10,000 residents squeezed into less than 4.1 square kilometres and 16km of jagged coastline have stolen my heart. Although Procida was featured in a number of films, such as Il Postino and The Talented Mr Ripley, it still doesn’t suffer from mass-tourism. But I am telling you, this might be the new “it” destination in this part of Italy.

Where is Procida?

Procida is a small island in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy. It is situated between the mainland, the Cape Miseno and its larger, much more touristy sister island of Ischia. Created by the eruption of four nearby volcanoes it is a comune of the Metropolitan City of Naples.

How to get to Procida?

By boat. There are many ways to get to Procida, but for sure the best and easiest one is to take a ferry from Naples harbour. I also suggest Naples is your starting point and Procida is a great daily destination – although you can also opt for a few days stay in Procida, a day trip is completely enough to explore this small island. From Porta di Massa in Naples to Procida it takes 35min to 1 hours, depending the ferry/hydrofoil you choose. While discovering this area we stay at Caruso Place Boutique and Wellness Suites in the centre of Naples and they helped us to organize this daily trip. We travelled with the company SNAV, one of the boat trip providers, the ticket for a one way trip will cost you from 15€ to 20€.

Where to take the most Instagramable photos?

Although Procida is still considered as one of the non-touristy places in an otherwise crowded area of Italy, I am sure its popularity will grow in the following years. So hurry up and try to visit it on the brink of the main season (April, May or September are a great option). Overall, after my day visit to Procida, I can tell you it has so much potential. Creating an Instagram worthy picture is an easy task. Tiny streets with colourful houses offer plenty of good photo locations, lovely beaches, the harbour is simply charming, but my favourite is a viewpoint from the Terra Murata fortified village, the highest point of the Procida island (91m). Fortress walls were built to protect the city from the invaders, and people nowdays still live there. From the viewpoint right next to Terra Murata, you can see the whole fishermen’s village underneath right next to Marina Corricella with the cutest colourful fishing boats anchored. The authentic feel created by colourful houses, scents and flavours of the Mediterranean cuisine, harbour cats hiding among piled nets and old fisherman taking sitting in harbour, watching the sea and repairing their fishnets, will bring you to the whole new (old) world. It is magical.

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They say Puglia is Italy’s sun-bleached heel. From extraordinary churches, ancient towns to rich culture and Puglia’s countryside – its a true gem and remarkable source of gourmet food, culture and happiness. If you notice one thing about people living there, it’s that they are genuinely happy. When we asked the Leonardo trulli resort owner, what’s the secret, she just gave us a big, slightly mysterious smile. Nevertheless, Puglia’s trulli (which is the name of the traditional Apulian dry stone house with a conical roof) are the ones you shouldn’t miss. They perhaps hold a secret to a carefree, happy life, they bring you a few decades back, to a time when people were woken up by first light, the sunrise, roosters and donkeys. I truly believe there’s something magical about this place. I felt it. Exploring amazing trulli and their surroundings was the ending of this years big Italian adventure. And it was an ending we’ll never forget.

outfit: Tom Tailor

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Betty Barclay Beautiful Eden

“Some fragrances are like poetry. The moment that we perceive them, they invite us to dream, are like a gentle touch, and – with a fleeting suggestion – open up wonderful fantasy worlds to us. “

Each spring I am in search for a new, fresh and floral fragrance. The one that captures true spring in a bottle and this year’s Betty Barclay’s new launch Beautiful Eden is a perfect example of that. It is light, happy, lively, floral, juicy, soft and delicate at the same time. The composition gathers fruity (top), floral (middle) and woody (base) accords, all complementing themselves into a dreamy floral fragrance, perfect for spring and summer months. All together Betty Barclay Beautiful Eden combines 5 products – eau de parfum, eau de toilette, deodorant, soft shower foam and moisturizing body mousse. Betty Barclay Beautiful Eden eau de parfum was my go-to fragrance while exploring the beautiful Amalfi coast. When I found a stunning garden of Belmond Hotel Caruso in a charming little town of Ravello, I knew it was a perfect location to capture it on photos as well. Even though it is impossible to capture the scent itself, I hope this blog post takes you to the enchanted blooming garden.

Top notes: pear, black currant, mandarin orange
Middle notes: peony, egyptian jasmine, lily-of-the-valley
Base notes: sandalwood, cedar, vanilla

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Spiaggia Marina Grande of Positano is probably the most iconic beach on the whole Amalfi coast and most definitely one of the liveliest, touristy and most cosmopolitan of them all. Positano overall is a beautiful picturesque beach town in Italy, famous for its colourful houses, narrow streets, pebbled beachfront, amazing food and superb location. It is literally set up in the cliffs of Amalfi coast, this once a poor fisherman’s village is now an iconic luxury destination. A destination I’ve been dreaming of visiting about as long as I can remember and this spring I finally did. More blog posts about Positano and the whole Amalfi coast are coming up soon, today I am sharing with you an outfit post shot on one of the most iconic places ever – the beach of Positano. I hope you enjoy!

dress: Dorothy Perkins

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