Procida

PROCIDA

The smallest island of the Gulf, is a little treasure of Mediterranean taste with fishermen villages embracing the tufa edges of this other volcanic island.

Prochyta was its name under the Roman epoque. It seems to derive by Prima Cyme, that means near to Cuma, the first Greek colony in the mainland after Ischia's foundation (VII cent. b.C.).
Recent findings seem to report the existence of more ancient settlements (XIV cent. b.C) of Mycenaean epoque.
During the Roman Empire some noble villas were built in Procida that was also known for its good wine. After the end of the Roman Empire it was invaded by Goths and Vandals and then annexed to the Byzantin Empire. During Middle Ages Procida suffered Saracens' invasions and was later annexed to the Norman reign (X cent.). The town walls and several sighting towers date back to this period even if the invasions continued until the XVI century and ended only after the Battle of Lepanto (October 7th 1571). Procida then became important for the constructions of ships till the XX century when a small tourist industry raises.

Nice churches, the old castle-prison and wonderful sceneries of both Pozzuoli and Naples Gulf make it very pleasant.

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