Procida Italy in all its pastel colored glory

Procida Italy in all its pastel colored glory.

We’d been to Naples Italy once before, for a hot minute. It didn’t go so well.

It should have been an easy in and out. All we needed to do in Naples was go from the central train station to a centrally located Hertz rental car location — just a couple of blocks on foot — then drive south out of town toward Sorrento. And yet, even with a bare minimum of Napoli touch points required, we were made miserable by a city than seemed to us to be too dirty, too aggressive and too unwelcoming to visitors.

Many years later, we were set to spend another day in Naples, docked in Naples Bay as the Carnival Vista called the port home for the better part of what would be a postcard sunny weekday in May. Having that first and only Naples experience still burned into my memory, I looked for something else, anything else to do during that day in port. I searched Google Maps for a family friendly experience nearby that would take us away from the harshness of Naples. I found exactly that and so much more on the small island of Procida.

Procida is located in Naples Bay and accessible via a short, inexpensive commuter ferry ride from the port of Naples. It is a picture perfect Italian dreamscape far, far, far from the tourists and the barkers. It is a quaint village where no one speaks English, which is the kind of authentic Italian experience I wanted to give my kids. There’s but one or two trinket shops, a smattering of cafes and so much authentic Italian charm waiting to be discovered on Procida Italy. It was an absolutely amazing day.

A year later, my now 13-year-old daughter still considers Procida the best place she’s ever visited.

Here’s a look at this idyllic Italian retreat, the perfect Italian island for an authentic family Italian vacation experience. Here’s a look at the picture of Italian perfection: Procida, Italy.

*quick side note: we ventured into Naples after the ferry dropped us off and before we boarded the Vista. I simply had to try again and I’m glad I pushed us out of our comfort zone because we had a great time walking around the heart of Naples and eating some incredible pizza! And we cannot wait to someday return to Procida AND Naples.

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The Carnival Vista docked in Naples, views from the ferry heading to Procida.

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Medusa’s hair on the ferry to Procida.

Procida Italy is out of a dream

Procida Italy is out of a dream.

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Two kids sharing a freshly squeezed lemonade slushy in Procida Italy.

Bike in Procida

Bike in Procida

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The narrow streets of Procida Italy.

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An address sign on Procida.

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Outdoor cafe at the very top of Procida Italy.

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A view from the top of Procida Italy.

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Local artists at work near the top of Procida.

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Giant wooden doors on Procida Italy.

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A small girl photographs a large head.

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Veggie market on Procida Italy.

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Doorway #82 on Procida.

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An empty street in shadows on Procida Italy.

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Vespas and a colorful gate.

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Two Italian men and one Italian dog relax on Procida Italy.

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Grocery store ad in Procida.

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The famous lemons of Italy.

Lunch on Procida Italy

Caprese Salad Lunch before we leave Procida.

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