Visit Procida, Italian Capital Of Culture 2022

Procida

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Even regular visitors to Italy may be unfamiliar with Procida, a tiny island in the Bay of Naples. Yet this picturesque island with its multi-coloured houses and quaint fishing traditions is about to become much better known. It has recently received the coveted title of Italian Capital of Culture for 2022.

What Is The Italian Capital Of Culture?

The concept of the Italian Capital of Culture was first introduced in 2014, with a different city (or cities) being nominated each year. The aim was to develop the cultural heritage of the chosen town or city, and to attract tourists to the region.

In 2015 the Capital of Culture was shared between five cities (including Siena and Ravenna), and later title-holders have included Mantua and Matera. The Cultural Capital for 2021 was Parma, and Bergamo and Brescia have already been chosen for 2023.

Multi coloured houses on the side of a hill rising from the sea, and fishing boats in the water
The village of Marina Corricella

Why Was Procida Chosen As Italian Cultural Capital For 2022?

At only 4 sq km, Procida is the smallest of the islands in the Bay of Naples, and tends to be overshadowed by its neighbours, Capri and Ischia. Yet it has its own unique culture. The island is steeped in history and tradition, with medieval fortifications and centuries-old festivals linked to the fishing industry. It has a typical Mediterranean architecture, and a long history of craftsmanship, its many artisan workshops being a feature of the island.

This distinctive culture has caused Procida to be a favoured haunt of writers, artists and film makers. These connections have led to annual events such as the Procida Film Festival and MARetica, a celebration of culture and sport.

Fortifications on a cliff beside the sea, and houses and mountains on the other side of the bay
The walled village of Terra Murata

Looking To The Future

This is a small island – with around 10,000 inhabitants – and it is the first island to be designated Italian Capital of Culture. However its theme for the year is la cultura non isola (“culture does not isolate”). Procida may be geographically isolated, with its own characteristic culture, but it is also connected to the mainstream of Italian heritage and tradition.

It is hoped that designation as Italian Capital of Culture will bring the island to a wider audience. However, Dino Ambrosino, the Mayor of Procida, points out that this is “only the beginning of a long journey”. The aim is to generate new employment for the future by growing tourism in a sustainable manner.

What To See And Do In Procida In 2022

The coming year will see a number of cultural projects on Procida. The Palazzo d’Avalos, a 16th century palace that was later used as a prison, is being refurbished and will host a major art exhibition. And the Civic Museum will be showcasing the region’s Greek history. There will also be a programme of events throughout the year. These will include exhibitions, cinema and live performances.

Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy the island’s cuisine. As you might expect, seafood is prominent, with fried anchovies being a local speciality. Then there are the famous Procida lemons. You will find these everywhere: in salads and fish dishes, in liqueurs, and in lingua di bue, a local dessert of pastry filled with lemon cream.

Basket of lemons beside a small vase filled with white flowers
The famous Procida lemons

How To Visit Procida

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