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For the first time since the award was established in 2014, an island has been crowned Italy’s ‘Capital of Culture’ for 2022.
According to Lonely Planet, the colorful tiny island of Procida has won the award, taking over the title from the city of Parma, which held it for 2020 and 2021.
Lonely Planet reports Procida is located in the Gulf of Naples and is a small island with no more than 10,000 residents. Its rich history dates back to around the 15th century BCE.
Its colorful houses and gorgeous scenery has also provided the backdrop to several movies, including Il Postino and The Talented Mr. Ripley. According to Lonely Planet, Elsa Morante’s novel Arturo’s Island is set right on Procida.
“Procida is capable of conveying a poetic message, a vision of culture that reaches out from the tiny reality of an island as a well-wish for all of us, for the country, in the months to come,” the Capital of Culture commission said in a statement.