PROCIDA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Francesco Febbo Wedding Photographer in Procida, Ischia, Ventotene, Capri
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Francesco Febbo - Procida Wedding Photographer
Hello there, I am Francesco, a Procida Wedding Photographer, before talking about the wedding and related topics I would like to tell you something about Procida. Why does so many couple decide to plan their dream wedding in Procida? Let’s see if I can make it clear for you!
Procida is not an island, is not a cliff, is not a place. Procida is a jewel lying on the sea.
Procida is a small island in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy, between the mainland and the larger island of Ischia.
Procida’s charm has led to it featuring in a number of films including the classic Il Postino and The Talented Mr Ripley. It has also been used as a literary setting, notably in L’Isola di Arturo (Arturo’s Island), a 1957 novel by Elsa Morante which I’d recommend if you can read Italian or can obtain an English translation (try Amazon.co.uk ).
Procida is volcanic in origin, and several of its curving bays are still reminiscent of craters. The rocky shoreline is all ‘ins and outs’, though as there are few places where you can walk along the coast, or get an overview of the island, it can be hard to get an idea of Procida’s geography once you’re actually on the island.
At the north-eastern shore of the island is the main urban hub, Procida Porto, where ferries dock and small buses rattle off around the island’s road network. The oldest part of the settlement is here, on a defensive high headland. The rest of the island is fairly built-up, though there is also a lot of small-scale agriculture producing fruit and vegetables. Residential dwellings are dispersed all over the island, but at the southern end of Procida is another more concentrated settlement, called Chiaiolella. A small curving islet, called Vivara, lies alongside Procida; it is now a nature reserve.
Getting around Procida
Procida is small enough that you could walk most of the distances on the island. However, its narrow roads are busy with traffic and in places pedestrians have to flatten themselves against high walls as cars and buses pass. It’s preferable to get around using the little island buses, which run frequently. These start on the harbour side of the church by the main port, with an additional bus stop stop close to the ferry jetty. You can buy tickets from the driver, though it’s cheaper to buy them in advance in a bar or tabacchi – if you’re staying on the island, it’s worth buying a batch of tickets to save money on travel.
Visitors disembarking from ferries arrive first at the Porto. A road runs along the harbourside from the ferry jetty to a leisure marina, passing the island’s principal church, Santa Maria della Pietà. Along the landward side of the street are shops, restaurants and bars, with the rest of the town built up the slopes behind. This is a pleasant enough settlement, and useful for shopping and eating. From the church, a picturesque narrow lane climbs upwards to a junction where you turn left to ascend to the Terra Murata.
Terra Murata and the Abbazia di San Michele
Above the port is the highest and most defensive crag on the island, the site of the oldest settlement, a fortress, a monastery, and – until recently – a prison. Ascending through two stone gateways, you reach a picturesque still-inhabited settlement, the Terra Murata, which means ‘walled land’. There are superb views from the road leading up to the walls, and from a panoramic terrace looking towards the Bay of Naples. If you don’t fancy walking uphill through the town, you can catch bus C2 from the port to the outer walls of the headland.
This is an atmospheric spot, though the most substantial buildings here, the old prison and religious ruins out on the cliffs, stand empty and crumbling. One site that is open to the public is the Abbazia di San Michele, the Abbey of St. Michael. The Abbazia is a curious and intriguing building, and it’s well worth a visit. The main church is packed with art, including many representations of the archangel Michael, venerated as Procida’s saviour. The atmosphere is romantically decayed; the abbey suffers from a chronic lack of funding. A guided tour continues through lower levels of the abbey, built into the cliffs. Sights include a dusty library, historic nativity figures (recently stolen, then partially recovered), and the macabre spot where important corpses were hung to dry and mummify. Skulls decorate a small chapel while creaking windows open onto the blue sea. It’s an atmospheric tour, ripe with history and neglect. Opening hours are limited; at the time of my visit, the building was open from 10am – 12:30 and from 3pm-5pm except Monday and Sunday afternoons. If you are visiting during the winter months, want to be sure of finding a guide who can speak English, or simply want to confirm the most up-to-date opening times, it’s a good idea to call ahead (perhaps your hotel receptionist could do this for you). The voluntary guides are part of the Associazione Millennium, tel. 3397635959/3335996711.
The most picturesque and charming spot on the island of Procida is Marina Corricella. This is a thin sliver of waterfront backed by a cliff made of fishermen’s houses – at least, that’s the colourful impression. Behind a long fishing harbour, houses were built on and into the rock in a kind of pretty vertical muddle. There are several bars and restaurants in Corricella, with tables attractively scattered along the waterfront, interspersed with painted fishing-boats and harbour cats hiding among piled nets. Despite the obvious tourist appeal of the settlement, it still has an ‘authentic’ feel, like so much of Procida. This is a wonderful spot for a lazy lunch or a romantic evening meal with the water lapping nearby. Unfortunately it is a bit of a walk from the nearest bus routes, and you have to climb up the lanes or steps to leave the settlement, but it is well worth the effort. If you’ve just visited the Terra Murata, you can take a flight of steps down to Corricella from the road leading up to the headland.
Marina di Chiaiolella
Chiaiolella (a real mouthful of a name) is at the far end of the island, reached by buses L1 and L2. The village is pleasant without being wildly picturesque. Its most appealing feature is the location, on a narrow strip of land with a beach one side and a pretty harbour the other. This means that you can enjoy a pleasant short circular stroll along the seaside. The harbour at Chiaiolella has been developed into a large leisure marina, which livens up on summer weekends when Italian families disembark from their yachts for a meal and a passeggiata, or chatter over lively on-board meals. It is also a working fishing harbour, and picking your way through piles of nets along the jetty, you come to a strange colony of cats and ducks as well as good sunset views over the marina. The beach is the island’s best (more below). The long stretch of sand is backed by various beach cafes and restaurants, a narrow road and beyond that, shacks and vegetable patches. It’s a strange, rather scruffy atmosphere, but appealing. The main street of Chiaiolella runs down to the harbour, and has a reasonable range of small shops. There are two or three restaurants and bars along the harbourfront, a spot where I witnessed the atmosphere shift from dead to buzzing in the space of two hours.
Tourist signposts point from Chiaiolella to the small island of Vivara, which is connected to Procida by a long, narrow bridge. However, despite the publicity for this nature reserve, the island has been closed to the public for years – although ‘unofficial’ visitors obviously clamber over the fence alongside the padlocked access gate.
If you are planning your wedding in Procida, or you are thinking to celebrate your engagement or elopement around this wonderful island in front of the Amalfi Coast, , feel free to get in touch with me and I will be very happy to share with you all the information about this little island and about my wedding photography services in Procida.
Hi there, my name is Francesco, but you can call me Fra, as everybody does. I am a professional wedding photographer, specialized in creative reportage photography and portrait enthusiast! I have been photographing weddings around Italy sine 5/6 years and each time is a pleasure because people, YOU, are always such a big inspiration to me!
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