What is the Italian Capital of Culture?
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The Italian Capital of Culture title is given by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Patrimony and Tourism – MIBAC each year to an Italian town. With the exception being, the year Italy holds the title as Europe’s Capital of Culture, this winner then automatically reigns domestically and within the EU. Parma is the current “Capitale italiana della cultura” for the year 2021. While Procida was today, January 18th, announced as the “Italian Capital of Culture 2022”. This project is inspired by the European Capitals of Culture founded in 1985 in virtue of Greece’s suggestion. Italy’s version is outlined in the Art Bonus Law 106/2014 that serves to stimulate cultural awareness, maintain heritage while revitalizing, strengthening existing cultural and tourism integrants as well as introducing new proponents: people, markets, sustainability and technology thereby bettering the area’s existing socio-economic standing. Tax credits of up to 65%, are awarded where applicable, as some of the many tangible benefits involved. Strategically the intention is to also distribute the flow of tourists adding value to the entire country’s cultural dimension, boosting tourism economics.
For more info on this tourism best practise read more about the Art Bonus Law clicking here : https://artbonus.gov.it/cose-artbonus.html
How do cities become the Italian Capital of Culture?
The interested town’s mayor submits a signed written expression of interest, two years before the actual consideration. The following year a complete dossier with all required information should usually be sent in by midyear. Deliberations are then done by a committee and the winner announced. In Procida’s case there were initially 28 participant cities that was eventually decreased to 10 finalists who in turn, presented their projects to a public hearing. See this link for the 10 finalist videos on YouTube.
What to do in Procida?
In the south, the Gulf of Naples is home to one of Italy’s best kept secrets. A relatively untouched jewel, where only a few tourists have walked its narrow, dark streets between coloured buildings and seen residents going about their day to day. Procida (known as Proceta in Neapolitan) is an island of just over 10,000 inhabitants between Ischia and Cape Miseno. Formed by the eruption of 4 now dormant volcanoes. Remains basically untouched by mass tourism demands. Architectonically diverse with some structures from the 16th century, panoramic views, “Neptune’s Kingdom”, fresh and delectable seafood offerings, many protected coves, lemon trees in almost every garden – if you desire authenticity, go. Experience Procida.
Procida, Naples. One of the best places to visit in Italy
Divided into nine districts:
- Terra Murata (90 m MSL) is the historic city centre with its medieval fortifications. The highest point of the island gives a beautiful view of Corricella Port.
- Corricella – the oldest marine village of the island. With the staple of having coloured houses (as seen in Burano) to assist fishermen to find their way home.
- Sant’Antonio – the central area of the island.
- Chiaiolella – has a shallow beach perfect for small children and the elderly, a peacefully, small fisherman’s village with the most touristic of the 3 ports.
- Sent’cò – the ferrry’s arrival point from Naples.
- San Leonardo
- Santissima Annunziata
When is the best time to visit Procida?
In July and August, the hottest temperatures can arrive to even 40o Celsius. While, in general, April to September are more supportive of coastal boat rides, renting a bicycle, walking the streets, exploring and learning the habits of this island, living the town’s cultural events. So, visit Italy. Take the ferry from Naples or Pozzuoli and experience Procida’s true self as a town uniquely Italian, seemingly going ever so comfortably at its own pace in time.