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 the imposing 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 the bustling Via Roma to Sancio Cattolico square with its religious symbols, two of which are very dear to maritime 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 the beach of Caves, named so because of its variety of tufa caves; presently used as simple warehouses, they were dug centuries ago in order for boats to take shelter during bad weather.