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Fortress
Location type: Fortress
Location address: Italia, Napoli, Napoli
Number of texts: 2
3 stars
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Castel dell’Ovo (Italian: “Egg Castle”) is located on a small island, the Megarides, where colonists from Cumae founded the original nucleus of the city in the 6th century BCE. In the 1800s a small fishing village (Borgo Marinari) sprung-up around the castle’s southern wall. This village still stands. However, it is now more known for its marina and several fine restaurants.


The castle is connected by a small causeway that is a popular place for newlyweds to have their wedding photos taken.

The castle’s name stems from a medieval legend which holds that the poet Virgil, who developed a medieval reputation as a great sorcerer, had a magical egg put in the foundations to support them. Its location affords it an excellent view of the Naples waterfront and the surrounding area.

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Castel dell’Ovo (in Italian, Egg Castle) is a seaside castle 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 medieval times as a great sorcerer. 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 would have involved the city of Naples. The castle is located between the districts of San Ferdinando and Chiaia, opposite the zone Mergellina.

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