Even before arriving at Marina Grande, the main port of the enchanting island of Procida, tourists are captivated by the charm of the typical pastel-colored houses that overlook the waterfront. As soon as they disembark from the ferry, they are faced with a suggestive and colorful example of local architecture, the most precious feature of which is the imposing Montefusco Palace, located right in front of the docking pier. Also known as Merlato Palace because of its splendid battlements, this 12th-century building was once the summer residence of the king.
While still retaining the typical atmosphere of a fishing village, where fresh fish is still sold directly from the boats, Marina Grande is the economic and social center of Procida. Here you can find numerous shops selling local crafts, as well as bars, pizzerias, and restaurants highly appreciated by locals and tourists who choose the island for their stays and vacations.
Walking along the lively Via Roma to the Sancio Cattolico square, you can catch sight of two religious symbols dear to the seafaring people of Procida: the wooden crucifix from 1845 and the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà, whose characteristic baroque bell tower certainly doesn't go unnoticed.
Finally, near the port, there is the Grotte beach, so named because of the many tuff caves, now used as simple warehouses, carved centuries ago to shelter boats during the 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.