Isola di Vivara


Linked to Procida by pedestrian bridge, pocket-sized Vivara is what remains of a volcanic crater dating back some 55,000 years. The island is home to unique flora and abundant birdlife, while archaeological digs have uncovered traces of a Bronze-Age Mycenaean settlement as well as pottery fragments dating back to early Greek colonisation. The island was closed to the public in 2002 and only reopened for guided tours in 2017. Book online 15 days in advance.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Procida attractions

1. Spiaggia di Chiaia


Procida has limited beach appeal, but this long, narrow ribbon of brownish sand with views of Marina Corricella in the distance has a loyal local…

2. Castello Aragonese

1.76 MILES

There are castles and then there’s Ischia’s Castello Aragonese, a veritable fort-city set on its own craggy islet, looking like a cross between Harry…

3. Museo del Mare

2.01 MILES

If you are an old salt at heart (or have a penchant for model ships), don’t miss Ischia’s maritime museum with its lovingly documented exhibits. Objects…

4. Santa Maria Assunta

2.01 MILES

A striking 15th-century watchtower, Torre del Mare, now serves as the bell tower to this church that is also Ischia’s cathedral. The current church,…

5. Spiaggia dei Pescatori

2.07 MILES

Wedged in between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte is the island's most down-to-earth seaside beach – think colourful vintage fishing boats, soccer matches…

6. Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo

2.38 MILES

Soak up the dizzying bay views at the belvedere before exploring the adjoining Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo. Built in the 11th century and remodelled…

7. Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

2.43 MILES

Check out this church’s 18th-century baroque extravaganza, with its fetching peach-coloured facade, semicircular chapels and elevated terrace popular with…

8. Casa Museo

4.78 MILES

The good news is that this museum is well signposted and has a car park. The bad news is that it's on a perilous corner on Ischia's mountain road between…