Even before arriving to Marina Grande, the main harbor of the island of Procida, the tourists are greeted by the charm of the typical pastel-colored houses overlooking the waterfront. After disembarking from the ferry you can observe bright examples of local architecture, among which the most valuable one is Palazzo Montefusco, located right in front of the landing pier. Also called Palace Merlato due to the battlements that characterize it, this XII century building was once the summer residence of the king.
While maintaining the atmosphere of a fishing village, where you can still sell fresh fish straight from the boats, Marina Grande is the economic and social area of Procida. Here you will find not only several local craft shops but also bars, pizzerias, and restaurants much appreciated by natives and tourists, who choose the island for holidays and vacations.
Passing through Via Roma to Sancio Cattolico square with its religious symbols, two of which are very dear to Procida: the wooden crucifix from 1845 and the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà, with a typical baroque style bell that can't be unnoticed.
Finally, near the harbor there is Grotte beach, named after its variety of tuff caves; nowadays it is used as simple warehouses, dug centuries ago in order for boats to take shelter during bad weather.
Sent'Co', as the Procidani call it, is a dialectical deformation of the original indication "Sancho Cattolica". This denomination would have been attributed by the Procidan settlers coming from Miseno who landed in Procida to head to the "Sancta Canonica", the Abbey.
Marina Grande is the meeting point for all means of public transport: you can find all the EAVBus buses to move around the different places on the island; it is possible to find the station of taxis and microtaxis; it is possible to find the deposit for the rental of scooters.