Castel dell'Ovo 4.0 rating

  Historical

Castel dell'Ovo, which translates to Egg Castle, is an imposing castle on the Gulf of Naples. The castle gets its name from a legend about Virgil, who is believed to have buried the first egg laid by a hen in the castle's foundation. It was said that Naples would remain safe as long as the egg remained intact.

The site has been fortified since the 1st century BC, and the first castle here was built by the Normans in the 12th century. The present structure owes its look to the Aragonese renovation in the 15th century. Laid on a rectangular plan, the castle is a simple stone building with twin towers (Torre Maestra and Torre Normanna), and a high bastion overlooking the 100 metre long causeway connecting it to the shore. It houses the Museum of Prehistory, which traces the history of the area and its inhabitants with a display of ceramics and other artifacts from their everyday lives. The fishing village of Borgo Marinaro that abuts the castle's eastern wall has a pretty marina lined with yacht clubs, cafes and restaurants.

 Hours 
Sun
9:00
19:30
Mon
9:00
14:00
Tue
9:00
14:00
Wed
9:00
14:00
Thu
9:00
14:00
Fri
9:00
14:00
Sat
Closed
 
About Castel dell'Ovo

 Via Eldorado, 3, 80132 Napoli, Italy

 +39 081 795 4593

 http://www.comune.napoli.it

Castel dell'Ovo and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Naples Cathedral

Naples Cathedral(2.9 km)
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Royal Palace of Naples

Royal Palace of Naples(0.9 km)
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Gesu Nuovo Church

Gesu Nuovo Church(2.2 km)

Galleria Borbonica

Galleria Borbonica(0.8 km)

Toledo Metro Station

Toledo Metro Station(1.6 km)

Complesso Museale di Santa Chiara
Spaccanapoli

Spaccanapoli(1.9 km)

Via San Gregorio Armeno

Via San Gregorio Armeno(2.5 km)

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