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.