First settled by the ancient Greeks who went on to found the city of Partenope, the tiny island of Megaride is home to the ... More
First settled by the ancient Greeks who went on to found the city of Partenope, the tiny island of Megaride is home to the city's oldest castle. Many believe that the name, Castel dell'Ovo, is due to its unusual shape (as Ovo means Egg); however, others still think that the name is linked to medieval legends. Apparently the poet Virgil hid an egg in an iron cage and left it to hang from a rafter in a secret place within the castle; if the egg is broken, both the castle and the city are doomed to destruction. Check tourism website for more details.
For one, there has been a lot of issues about trash in the city but considering that the Castle was relatively clean. All public bathrooms in Italy are more than likely less than favorable and tip number 1 is to bring toilet paper with you wherever you go. Most of the castle is closed off and still being used and not available to the public. However, it offers some impressive views from the top of the castle. Across the water on a beautiful day, you can see Mt. Vesuvius. It is right in the middle of Naples so you have panoramic views of downtown Naples as well. Don't forget that the castle sits right on the water. The Italians often use this area for swimming and boating. It is not uncommon to see them jump off of the bridge into the nearby water. There are many street vendors and the area is close to some nice shopping. We went during the day but I would imagine that the place lights up nicely for a romantic walk along the boardwalk at night. The local restaurants open up for lunch and offer a delightful cuisine to choose from. We drove and was able to find parking a short distance away and our car was not tampered with. Although, tip #2 would be not to keep personal or expensive items locked in car. Always keep them on persons. Parking is relatively difficult though especially in the months of July and August. Traffic is not for the faint of heart either so public transportation should be considered and planned thoroughly. This is not a guided castle so do not expect someone to explain anything about the castle unless you go with an outside tour. However, there are a few spots were the castle is explained partially but most of it is written in Italian so do your research beforehand. It shouldn't take you too long to visit so you can easily do it in a few hours and grab some lunch before seeing some other sites or doing some shopping.
I hated this place because it was dull and there was no-one and nothing to explain something about this thing. It was dirty too! I recommend adults not to take there children here because they will think that every historical place is like that!
I was an awesome look at what it was really like to be inside of a castle. You see them in movies and all they show is the glamor of them. But you forget there is is actually a city set inside the walls.
As you walk up the cobble path leading into the main structure of the castles you get the feel of entering into that period and leaving the real world outside.
We visited the Castle of the Egg on a day that an Exhibition was taking place to promote all of Campania, so the crowds of Italian tourist did abound. Alot of the areas that I feel would have been open to the general public were not accessible but peaking in doorways and halls gave you a sense of what it was like.
But the most fantastic part was reaching the top where the cannons lay to protect the castle inhabitants from their enemies and partaking of the breathtaking views of Naples and the bay that surrounded us.
Although not eleaborate like some of the sights of Naples, this is a "must see". The story and the history of the castle are in itself fasinating. Be sure you read the story of the castle before you enter the main entrance of the castle.
We will go back for another visit with guests and see it when we can tour the Castel Dell'Ovo properly.
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