Procida, an island in the Bay of Naples that is small, was made famous last year by Italy’s Capital of Culture.
This colorful island is the first to receive the title since it was established eighteen years ago. It follows the example of cities such as Palermo and Perugia – last year’s Italian capital of culture.
Many projects and initiatives are run to benefit the region, including those that focus on recipient cities or islands.
Procida is now a quarter through its tenure and has many cultural projects that are inspiring both residents and tourists. A paper fleet event, where thousands of origami boats will be made by local children, will take place next month. This event will raise awareness about the fragility and fragility of our environment.
Raimondo Ambrosino said that Procida could be considered a metaphor for many places, many administrations and many communities who have rediscovered their enthusiasm and pride about their territory.
Procida’s vision of “la cultura no isola” was presented to the applicant for the title. This translates into “culture doesn’t isolate.” This concept is particularly relevant in today’s times and played a major role in the Capital of Culture award.
“The vision is capable of communicating a poetic message. A vision of culture that reaches from the tiny reality of an Island as a well wish for all of us, and for the country in the coming months,” stated the Capital of Culture Commission in statement.
What made Procida so popular?
The Bay of Naples’ smallest island, often overlooked by Capri and Ischia, Procida might seem surprising to be such a prominent title.
Procida, although it is the least visited of the three islands in the group, is still a beautiful place with a natural feel. Although the island is home to only 10,000 people, it covers an area of 4 square kilometers. It feels alive, but not cramped.
Procida’s rich tradition of artistry was one of the main reasons it was chosen. There are many artisan workshops, especially in Marina Grande.
Procida has a unique history, too. The island is home to ancient Greek artifacts dating back to the 16th Century BCE. Charles III of Spain made Procida his private game reserve 3,000 years later. It was then that it became a key outpost for the shipbuilding business.
The island’s extraordinary architecture is a testament to this. Its beautiful, multicolored buildings capture different periods of history. Today, visitors can dive off the coast to find impressive underwater archaeological sites.
Procida is no surprise that it has been both featured in and inspired so many important works of art. Procida is the setting for Elsa Morante’s novel Arturo’s Island, published in 1957. The island also plays a significant role in Alphonse De Lamartine’s acclaimed novel Graziella.
Film buffs might recognize Procida in the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton 1963 version of Cleopatra. The scene in which Cleopatra’s barge enters a harbour is where you can see the dome of the island’s church. The island was also featured in The Talented Mr Ripley’s The Postman.
There are also activities for nature lovers. You can whale-watch from the island. One of the most important Mediterranean dolphin colonies lives in the waters around Procida.
What is the future of Procida’s Capital of Culture Year?
According to Visit Procida, the best is yet to come.
The Palazzo d’Avalos, a monumental building, will be hosting ‘SprigionARTI’ in May. This contemporary art exhibition will feature works by well-known Italian artists.
An exhibition entitled “The Greeks Before the Greeks” is available from June to September. It’s a joint effort between the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Archaeological Park of Campi Flegrei.
Many of these projects use an interactive approach. “Happening of Human Books” will see a director overseeing 180 citizens who interpret a page of “The Immortal”, an Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges. This will take place in 22 symbolic places on the island.
Is Italy the next Capital of Culture and Arts?
Procida will be back in the spotlight next year. The baton will then be passed to Bergamo, Brescia and both other cities heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Parma in northern Italy was the Capital of Culture before that title was given to the city. It held this title for two years. The position usually lasts for one year. However, it was decided that Parma would be extended in the wake the coronavirus crisis.