Rowing4fun on the island of Procida: between rowing and tradition!
Procida is the smallest of the Flegree islands, with its 2,3 miles squared. It lies on the mouth of the Gulf of Naples, between the island of Ischia and the mainland of Capo Miseno.
Legend has it that its name comes from the greek verb "prochetai", which means "sleeps". In fact, if seen from above, the island seems to be sleeping, lying on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Due to its volcanic nature, it has never been a holiday destination for ancient Romans, who preferred the mainland or the nearer island of Capri forits magnificent architectural works. During Dark ages, Procida has often been plundered by Saracen pirates. The most famous raid on the island is the one carried out by Frederick Redbeard's troops. For these reason, the inhabitants of Procida decided to leave the coasts to take refuge in the inner part of the island, known as "Terra Murata" (Walled Land). Here the inhabitants built their houses inside the walls of tufa to defend themselves better from the attacks coming from the sea. Then, the fate of Procida follows the one of the crown of Naples.
If you arrive there by the sea, your eyes will be immediately caught by the pastel colours of the houses of Procida, highlighted by the blue sea. Because of its remoteness from the chaotic and loud everyday life of the islands of Ischia and Capri, Procida has always been one of the favorite places of writers and artists. In fact, Elsa Morante, a famous italian writer, set there one of her most famous book, "Arthur's island", and also Massimo Troisi, the famous neapolitan actor and film director, decided to set there many scenes of his last masterpiece, "The Postman".
Rowing4fun will take you to Procida to experience the traditions of this island inhabited by fishermen... An island that will always be in your hearts.
Arrival and settling in the b&b.
Trekking/Trip on boat. Following the coast's line, we will discover the island and its marvelous places. Beginning from the Sancio Cattolico port, we will circumnavigate the island, in order to get the view of it from the sea.
Breakfast at the b&b.
Meeting at the rowing club "Isola di Procida" to go on the first boat trip: from Procida to Ischia. We will go around the island, take a coffee break at Sant' Angelo and then after lunch at about 14.00 we will go back on the boat to go back to Procida. We will approximately be back at about 16.30\17.00.
Breakfast at the b&b.
Meeting at the rowing club for the second boat trip to Capo Miseno. We'll leave the boats at Bacoli, an then begin the guided tour of Museum Castello di Baia, Piscina Mirabilis and Agrippina's tomb. The Museum, which is inside the spanish castle, holds ancient findings from the area known as "Flegrei" fields. The "Piscina Mirabilis" is the biggest water cistern known today from the Roman period. It has been entirely dug out of tufa, was 15 metres deep and could contain about 12.000 metres squared of water. It was built to furnish water to the Roman Empire fleet. The tomb of Agrippina, who was Nerone's mother, lies near the sea. It was actually a covered theatre from the Imperial Era, and was part of an ancient villa, destroyed by now. However, according to the tradition, it is still believed to be Agrippina's tomb.
Lunch. We will then go back to Procida at 15.30 and presumably arrive at 16.30\17.00
Breakfast at the b&b.
Meeting at the rowing club for the third boat trip. We will reach Corricella by boat from Chiaiolella and leave the boats there, then we'll visit D'Avalos Palace. The family D'Avalos, who governed the island until the 8th century, lived there. It then became the royal residence of the Borboni, that in the 9th century made a prison out of it. It has been in use until 1988, when it was closed.
The b&b provides bicycles for those who wish to visit the island by bike. The island is almost entirely flat, and thus suitable to be crossed by bike.
NB Program may change due to the weather, both in timetables and destinations.
We advise you to come on Thursday evening if you wish to see the traditional Easter procession.
Rowing Club address: Chiaiolella port
It is possible to take a hydrofoil from Molo Beverello in Naples to get to Procida. The trip will take about half an hour by hydrofoil, and about an hour by ferry.