Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A gem called Procida

"I have a feeling this is going to be just delicious."
Nicolas Cage as Ronnie Cammareri in Moonstruck

Undoubtedly, one of the many advantages of being married to a Neapolitan is the holidays we get to spend cruising the Golf of Naples. We flew down to Naples last week in order to celebrate my hubby's birthday together with his "famiglia" but managed to escape for a day, as you can see for yourself.

Cruising in style

Porto di Napoli

Essential accessoires

A little jem called Procida

Procida is one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy. The island is between Cape Miseno and the island of Ischia. Procida is the smallest and oldest island in the Bay of Naples and is, like Ischia, of volcanic origin.

Several writers have set their novels in Procida. One of the most notable is the novel Graziella written by Alphonse de Lamartine, who came to Procida at the beginning of the 19th century while in the French army. Another celebrated novel is L'isola di Arturo (1957), one of the greater works of Elsa Morante.

Procida has been chosen as a film set for numerous films, mainly for its panoramas and its typical Mediterranean architecture. The most famous are Il Postino and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

So, if you're looking for some inspiration à la Sophia Loren, Procida is the perfect place.

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