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  • Address: via Caracciolo, Naples
  • Hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 6pm, Sun: 8am - 2pm
  • Admission: Prices vary depending on exhibit

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Castel dell'Ovo (Castle of the Egg)

Castel dell'Ovo (Egg Castle) is a fortified castle perched in the Bay of Naples. Built on the small island of Megaride, it is now connected to the mainland by a causeway. The site was originally settled by Greek colonists in the 6th century BC. Then the ancient Romans built a villa, finally exiling the last western Roman emperor here in the 5th century AD. After that it became a monastery, then was destroyed before a castle was built by the Normans in the 12th century. The current castle was built in the 15th century. The name come s from the legend that the Roman poet Virgil buried an egg on the site for protection.

These days the castle contains the Museum of Prehistory and is also used for events and exhibitions. You can wander the rooms and admire the wonderful views from the towers. A fishing village grew up around the base of the castle in the 19th century, Borgo Marinari, which is now known for its restaurants and marina.

Practical Info

Bus 152, C25 and 140 go to Castel Bus 152, C25 and 140 go to Castel dell'Ovo.

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Naples City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 128 Reviews

Discover Naples in an open-top double-decker bus with the opportunity to hop-on and hop-off at 32 different stops whenever you wish, all day long. Tickets are ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $30.01

Naples Segway Tour

Discover the sights of the largest city in southern Italy on this 3-hour Naples Segway tour. Glide through the streets on a self-balancing electric Segway, and ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.03

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