Off the coast of Amalfi sit three main islands – the super iconic island of Capri being the closest. The somewhat less known in the tourist world but spectacular islands are Procida and Ischia. In fact, both are getting noticed on the international stage – having picked up individual awards in 2022.
In 2022, Procida was awarded the prestigious “Capital of Culture” title, recognized for its breathtaking scenery and well preserved villages. While in the same year, Travel & Leisure readers votes Ischia the best island in the world out of 25 finalists. Quite an accolade which now puts Ischia at the top of many bucket lists.
It is important to note, that these islands have long been loved by Italian tourists, especially Neapolitans on the mainland. Only now that they are gaining international recognition, there has never been a better time to visit them on your next trip to the Amalfi Coast.
Procida – The Italian Capital of Culture
Procida islands on the Gulf of Naples reachable from the nearest port of Vizzuola and the largest port of the mainland capital, Naples. It is an island of around 10,000 residents characterised by its colorful houses, narrow streets and unspoiled scenery. It is no wonder why this wonderful island has long been a haven for artists and film makers seeking the perfectly quintessential mediteranian backdrop. Some famous films featuring Procida include The Postman (1994) staring Philippe Noiret and The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) staring Matt Damon. Best of all, its beaches are stunning and almost empty in comparison to
In 2022, Procida’s charm was officially recognized when it took out the Italian Capital of Culture award, surpassing Ancona, Bari, Cerveteri, L’Aquila, Pieve di Soligo, Taranto, Trapani, Verbania and Volterra. The accolade earned the island this prestigious title and 1 million euros for 44 projects spanning art, urban regeneration, environmental sustainability and more, involving 240 artists and 40 original works.
Ischia – Travel & Leisure’s Best Island in the World
Ischia is the largest island off the Gulf of Naples in land size and population, home to around 62,000 people and a short boat or ferry ride from Procida, Vizzuola or Naples. Appreciated for its exotic scenery of mountanous landscapes, rocky beaches and thermal springs, Italians and now tourists can’t get enough of this beautiful island. Worth visiting for its beaches alone – such as the smooth and sandy kilometer long Spiaggia dei Maronti – the thermal springs are just the cherry on top.
When voted the Best Island in the World by Travel & Leisure readers – even outdoing the Maldives – the island of Ischia was elevated to a status of international intrigue.
Come and discover these wonderful islands before hoards of tourists flock to them. Be sure to include Procida and Ischia on your Amalfi Coast itinerary and ask and let our private tour guides treat you to an experience like no other. Contact us today to start planning your next vacation.