Marina Corricella can be found on the Island of Procida, one of the four Phlegraean Islands in the bay of Naples.
This tiny harbour has been been a fishing port since the seventeenth century and is like nothing you have seen before. Arriving from the sea, which is the only way to get to it, you are faced with a jumble of colourful houses, all piled on top of each other and looking for all the world as though they are tumbling into the sea. It is utter chaos, the houses are in a state of ill-repair, there is washing hanging from balconies, boats in the water, boats on the quay, chairs, tables, bicycles and and an array of unknown objects.
And in between all of this, there are piles and piles of fishing nets, some ready to go out the next day, others being stored but most being repaired by weathered fisherman. Others sit around on old plastic chairs watching people come and go and chatting to those mending the nets.
Around midday, the whole place begins to change and buildings you thought were houses turn out to be restaurants. People start bringing out tables, chairs, beautifully laundered white tablecloths and the smell of cooking begins to mingle with the sea air. Here in Corricella, amidst all the colour, noise and chaos, you are able to enjoy the freshest and best seafood dishes you have ever eaten. This crazy place has been used as a backdrop in several films including 'Il Postino' and 'The Talented Mr Ripley'.