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Location address: Italia, Napoli, Napoli
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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.
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.