Which island off Naples to visit?

Old Jul 4th, 2014, 03:59 PM
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<i>"So - the perfect island day? Bus or a walk to a beach where the kids can swim endlessly, pick up of fresh food for picnic supplies. Late afternoon stroll/bus ride around part of the island for a look, maybe another swim and finally a drink at an atmospheric bar before ferry back to Naples. Ideas on which island could be 'right' for us?"</i>

Procida fills all of your requirements, without the wall-to-wall people you will find on Capri and Ischia in August. It is certainly possible to get out and away from the scrum on those two islands, but in order to do so you will queue with the others from the ferry for the buses or funivia to take you up to Capri Town, and on busy days the wait can be quite long. Or you can splash out on the open-top taxis and be caught in the long line of traffic winding its way up the small roadway.

As far as Ischia is concerned, the beaches are the best of any I've visited on the islands in the Bay of Naples. But they're a bus ride away from Ischia Porto, where the ferries arrive. It only takes about an hour to circle the whole island, but the buses are often overcrowded, packed solid with day trippers - I can remember queueing in long lines as one after another bus came and went, having a seat only twice on dozens of bus journeys around the island.

Lovely Procida is a small island, small enough to walk half-way round in a morning. Or ride one of the sleepy little blue buses (with their crew of three: one to drive, one to supervise and a third to talk incessantly to the others between squashing any errant wasp against the bus windows with the heel of his boot - he is allowed five goes at each wasp - after several stops he gets off with much 'Ciao - Ciao' to find another bus with a wasp which needs attention). The buses wind their way along, traversing their circuit around and across the island. Large old pomegranate trees shade dusty lanes leading from one quiet village to the next.

Corricella, just a ten-minute walk over the hill from Marina Grande, the island's main town, is a warren of pastel houses and narrow lanes linked by scalatinelli, or staircase streets, and is simply one of the most drop-dead-gorgeous places you're ever likely to see. With those atmospheric bars you mention, and cafes too. Parts of the films <i>Il Postino</i> and <i>The Talented Mr Ripley</i> were filmed on the front at Corricella.

There are several sandy beaches on Procida, only one of which I've visited, Lido di Procida, on the opposite side of the island from where the ferry lands, accessible by bus. It's a quick walk from the small port of Chiaiolella, where there are a few little shops and cafes for cool drinks and picnic supplies.

Here's a link to some photos from Procida, if you're interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/juliam...7645101240798/
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Old Jul 4th, 2014, 04:40 PM
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Julia, those photographs are beyond gorgeous. Thank you so very much.

Question: Can you recommend a place to stay on Procida?
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Old Jul 5th, 2014, 03:03 PM
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Once again thank you sandralist - the places are all listed and now I'm looking at logistically where they could fit in!

And thank you also to julia1 - that is exactly what I was hoping to hear! I was leaning towards Procida - as in fairness since we come from the north of England - any island / beach is going to be seem unbelievably wonderful to us! However crowds/tourist squash not so much - this sounds like a great option - and yes your photos are stunning!
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