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Between Ischia and the mainland is the small picturesque island of Procida, with its unspoilt nature and authentic small towns that have formed the backdrop for countless films over the past decades (including "postman" and "The talented Mr. Ripley").

You can lose all sense of time in Procida, and immerse yourself in antique marine legends, the smell of the lemon groves and observing the seagulls in the air. The continual motion of the lighthouse creates a fantastic atmosphere on the island.

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Although tourism has grown during recent years, Procida still retains the typical sleepy and laid back southern Italian attitude to life. The beaches here are excellent and if you have an ornithological interest, then you will enjoy the large bird sanctuary on the island which is called 'Vivara', located just south of the town of Procida. Admission is free all mornings on weekdays.

If you love colourful surroundings, go for a walk in Sancio Cattolico and Corricella and see the colourful houses with their charming courtyards and fishing gear. For history buffs, we recommend a trip to the Benedictine Abbey Abbazia San Michele, whose origins date back to the 7th Century, and where there are several small catacombs.

Procidas cuisine is characterized by seafood, lemons and olive oil. A speciality is 'limone procidano' a type of salad made out of lemons, mint, olive oil and chilli pepper: It is wonderfully refreshing on a hot day, and it can easily be found in many of the cafe's and restaurants in Procida.

 
 

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