Pastel Procida Island, Italy

Pastel Procida Island, Italy

pastel palette sets the mood in Procida, a Mediterranean
island just off the coast of Naples in southern Italy. Inspiration
awaits travellers, designers, creatives and tourists alike in this
multi-coloured oasis. I let the bubblegum-pink skyline overtake my
senses on my half-day excursion. Procida’s storyline is full of
contrasts: pastel, neutral, warm, cool. After a short walk through
a maze of sun-washed streets I find myself on Corricella, the
harbour where faded, rainbow-brushed homes hug one another along
the sapphire-blue water.

I sigh deeply. A familiar sigh that comes when I venture to a
new place, not exactly knowing where I’m going until I get there,
and then my heart confirms I’ve arrived. This time, a masterpiece
lay before my eyes. Canary yellow and muted pink dominate – pear
drops spring to mind – while neutral tones make their slightest
debut in nooks and crannies around town.

Threaded throughout the island a poetic harmony lingers in the
many contrasts. A warm, mango-splashed house plays off of its minty
cool neighbour, as if planned. Below, a black-and-white cat peeps
up from its nap in a traditional wooden boat painted varsity blue
and tangerine orange, just in time for me to capture it. That can’t
have been planned. But, like the natural coordination of Procida,
perhaps it was just meant to be.

@niag |

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