The Castel dell’Ovo is a castle on the Megaride island in Naples. It is the oldest castle of the city and, apart from the fact that it is itself worth visiting, the walk there also offers a magnificent panorama. Nowadays, the castle is often used for exhibitions.
Castel dell’Ovo Naples
Opening hours, entrance fees and address
The castle is open from 09.00 to 18.00. On Sundays it closes at 14:00. The address is Piazzetta Marinari – 80132 Napoli (tel. +39 0812400055). Bus: 154 to Via Santa Lucia.
History Castel dell’Ovo Naples
The Castel dell’Ovo was built by the Normans in the 12th century.
The name is Italian for “Castle of the Egg.” The castle gets its name from the poet Virgilius, who is said to have buried an egg on the island where it is located. Virgilius claimed that when the egg would break, both the castle and the city of Naples itself would fall.
Throughout its history, the castle has been owned by the Swabians, the house of Anjou and by Alfonso of Aragon. The latter turned it it a military stronghold.
It is located on the Megaride island, a rocky spot with a profusion of restaurants. It is here that the history of Naples started, when the Greeks settled there in the 7th century BC. The name of the island at that time was Megaris.
The Roman general Lucullus had also had a villa built here.
According to one legend, the Siren Partenope came here to suffer in silence after Odysseus proved insensitive to her singing.