Procida is the Bay of Naples smallest island at only four square kilometres large and its best kept secret with hidden lemon groves, weathered fishermen and colourful pastel-hued houses. The charming town has preserved its original beauty and traditions. It is so picturesque you’ll be whipping that camera out!
Ventotene, also part of the Pontine Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, and can only be accessed by boat. This small island of 0.5 square miles and was formed by volcanic rocks once used to build houses which you will see when you enter into the port.
Ponza, shaped like a crescent moon, is part of the Pontine Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea and just like Ventotene, can only be accessed by boat. When you arrive into Ponza town by yacht you are immediately greeted by a semicircle of vibrant colourful buildings arranged on the slopes. This is the hub of the island which is has a buzzing vibrant atmosphere with its array of restaurants and bars.
Palmarola is a mostly uninhabited island and is part of the Potine Islands. It happens to be the second largest of the island group but is extremely rocky and dotted with bays, cliffs and grottos. You will find a couple of small ports where you can moor and find a restaurant.
Zannone serves as a wildlife refuge for some flora which are no longer found elsewhere in the Mediterranean, it is part of the Circeo National Park. The island has clear blue waters and is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Ischia is the largest of the islands in the Bay of Naples and is a volcanic island 10km long and 7km wide. Ischia is known as the island of eternal youth because of its hot springs in Campania, rich in springs, muds, fumaroles and sands, as well as eight thermal-mineral reservoirs, offering relief for all kinds of health problems.
Capri, rugged and rocky yet stylish and beautiful, this island is a short sail from Naples to the north and the Amalfi Coast to the south and is regarded by many as the most beautiful place on earth so it is an obligatory stop. The island is steeped in legends and myths and known in Greek mythology as the isle of the sirens, and was a favoured resort of the Roman emperors.
You cannot visit the Amalfi Coast and not stop off at Amalfi, the heart of this magnificent Italian coastline. Built into a gorge in the high mountain, visitors to Amalfi can meander around this pretty little town with its bustling piazzas, small beach and its beautiful medieval Cathedral. It originally dates back to the first century A.D. when the Roman aristocracy built luxurious villas in this area.
Salerno is the capital of the Amalfi Coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea, which includes the famous towns of Amalfi and Positano. It is a pretty town, scattered with narrow streets, medieval churches and houses and trendy wine bars. It is commonly known for its Scuola Medica Salernitana, the first medical school in the world.
The characteristic town of the Amalfi Coast is none other than Positano, perched precariously on the side of a cliff-gorge. Known for its lavishness, beauty, charm, celebrity status and colourful architecture, this is certainly an enchanting town.
Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples, is positioned on the coast in the Gulf of Naples between green hills and clear blue sea. With its jaw dropping panorama view appealing to an abundance of tourists each year, you can see Vesuvius, the city of Naples, and the islands of Capri and Ischia from Sorrento.
Vico Equense is located in the greater bay of Naples. It’s relatively close to Vesuvius and local companies offer organise excursions to the volcano. The old town is home to a rare church type which was built during the fourteenth century and is a rare example of Gothic architecture.
Forio is the second largest town on Ischia and is home to around 12000 people. It’s a picturesque little town with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes scattered around. If you take a walk around the town we recommend finding the “Torrione” which is an ancient lookout tower built to warn of any impending invasions.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to walk around Procida on your first night then we really recommend doing so. The town is a patchwork of secrets alleyways and pastel-hued houses. If you have a little more time then head to the island of Vivara linked to Procida by a bridge.