Exploring Italy’s Island Gem Procida Aboard M/Y Nafisa

By George Bains

Superyacht charterers are locked in a constant search for the perfect destination. The Italian island of Procida may just tick every box. For sophisticated adventures in the Campania Gulf, the classic Italian superyacht Nafisa is the ideal platform…

The typical pastel-coloured small houses are the first thing you notice when you approach her by the sea, painted like this so that when fishermen come back home, they can easily recognize their own house by the sea. Procida, the smallest islands of Campania’s Gulf and the closest to Naples, was named Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2022 thanks to its ‘model for sustainable development based on the culture of the island and its coastline’.

33m Admiral superyacht Nafisa, available for charter through esteemed brokerage Flying Charter, is the natural choice for luxury experiences in this region. Captain Costagliola of Nafisa is a native islander born in Procida and eager to reveal to guests all the secrets of this Italian gem. For those who are unfamiliar with this poetic corner of paradise between Capo Miseno and the island of Ischia, there is a unique opportunity to admire the romantic sunset of Corricella harbour and the sheltered beaches of Chiaia and Chiaiolella. For superyachts, this is a blissful setting for indulgent escapes.

“Ah, I would not ask to be a seagull, or a dolphin; I’d be quite happy to be a scorpion fish, the ugliest fish in the sea, just to be able to be down there, playing in the water.” The famous writer Elsa Morante, who wrote L’isola di Arturo, the novel set in Procida, spent a long period on the island, surrounded by her wild nature and unique lemon scent.

The island has since been loved and attended by artists and intellectuals, providing an idyllic setting for scenes of the movie Il Postino with Massimo Troisi.

Procida is more than just culture, it is the tradition of its cuisine which charter guests can savour during their stay. The principal element of Procida cuisine is naturally fish and shellfish, which are caught daily by local fishermen. The island cuisine offers the typical lemon salad with oil, garlic, chilli and mint or the Procidian wild rabbit with garlic and white wine. The pièce de resistance, though, is undoubtedly the popular ‘lingue di bue’, a delicious puff pastry stuffed with procidian lemon cream and sugar.

This summer is the ideal period to discover the island aboard the sought-after M/Y Nafisa. For charterers dreaming up their next unforgettable escape, contact the specialists at Flying Charter for a taste of Procidia.

"Ah, I would not ask to be a seagull, or a dolphin; I’d be quite happy to be a scorpion fish, the ugliest fish in the sea, just to be able to be down there, playing in the water."

Elsa Morante, L'isola di Arturo

"Ah, I would not ask to be a seagull, or a dolphin; I’d be quite happy to be a scorpion fish, the ugliest fish in the sea, just to be able to be down there, playing in the water."

Elsa Morante, L'isola di Arturo
By George Bains