Castel dell'Ovo, Naples

Castel dell'Ovo, Naples (must see)

The Castel dell’Ovo or Egg Castle is a seaside castle in Naples, located on the former island of Megaride, now a peninsula, on the Gulf of Naples in Italy. The castle's name comes from a legend about the Roman poet Virgil, who had a reputation in the Middle Ages as a great sorcerer and predictor of the future. In the legend, Virgil put a magical egg into the foundations to support the fortifications. Had this egg been broken, the castle would have been destroyed and a series of disastrous events for Naples would have followed.

The Greeks from Cumae were the first inhabitants of the island and it was from the location of the fortress that they founded what later became the city of Naples. The present structure dates back to the 15th century and was built by the Aragonese rulers. It served both as a royal residence and the state treasury. A small fishing village grew around the Castel dell’Ovo in the 19th century and is well known today for its marina and seafood restaurants.

Why You Should Visit:
The castle's roof is beautifully paved with bricks, making an ideal platform for 360 views of the city, the Mediterranean, and Mount Vesuvius.
The climb on foot is easy, via a wide, very gradually ascending thoroughfare. A few shops and one small art gallery occupy some castle space.
There are myriad points for great scenic photos, and also a public restroom near the top where you can buy drinks/snacks in vending machines.
In summary, if you're up for exploring, don't need gift shops and tour guides, and open to random experiences... it's an enjoyable time.

Tip:
Try to go towards the end of the day as the sun is setting, and be sure to bring a camera, binoculars, plus water!
The castle is very close to the boat terminal and you can go back to Sorrento by boat if you stay there.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-6:30pm; Sun: 9am-2pm

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Castel dell'Ovo on Map

Sight Name: Castel dell'Ovo
Sight Location: Naples, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Landmarks of Naples Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Naples, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Naples

Create Your Own Walk in Naples

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Naples Museums Walking Tour

Naples Museums Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples

Religious Sites Walking Tour in Naples

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Art Galleries and Art Museums Walking Tour in Naples

Art Galleries and Art Museums Walking Tour in Naples

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Naples: Capodimonte Hill Walking Tour

Naples: Capodimonte Hill Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Naples: Chiaia District Walking Tour

Naples: Chiaia District Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km