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Castle Of The Egg (Castel Dell'Ovo)

Visit Naples' oldest castle for breathtaking views of the city and Mount Vesuvius.

The rocky islet where this castle now sits at Borgo Marinari has been the scene of many legendary events, even for Naples. Neapolitans believe that the heartbroken siren Parthenope washed ashore here after failing to seduce Ulysses with her song. It's also where the Greeks first settled in the city in the 6th century BC, and the famous Roman general Lucullus had his villa here too.

This castle's unusual name has an unusual source: the ancient Roman scribe Virgil. Legend has it that he buried an egg on the site where the castle now stands and warned that when the egg breaks, Naples will fall.

You reach the castle, which dates back to the 15th century, by walking down a 100-metre long causeway which connects the castle to the mainland. It's a popular place for locals to have their wedding photos, so you might end up in the background of some of them! Once you've reached the castle, you can explore the simple stone, twin-towered building and learn the history of the area's people in the Museum of Prehistory which occupies part of the building. The museum's collection of ceramics, clothes and other artefacts are well worth exploring. For excellent panoramic views of the city and Mount Vesuvius, head up one of the two towers, looking out for the canons that face out from the tower walls.

The Castel Dell'Ovo is open Monday to Saturday and admission is free. There is a charge for the Museum of Prehistory which varies depending on the exhibition. Travel by bus to Saint Lucia and walk along the causeway to reach this attraction. After your visit, the surrounding narrow streets are very picturesque, and the small fish restaurants and cafés are a good place for lunch.


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Grand Hotel Santa Lucia NZ$292
Grand Hotel Santa Lucia

Grand Hotel Santa Lucia

Via Partenope 46, Naples, NA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Historical Center, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Partenope and Lungomare Caracciolo. Castel dell'Ovo and Via Chiaia are also within 10 minutes. Naples Piazza Amedeo Station is 18 minutes by foot and Toledo Station is 20 minutes.

    Royal Continental Hotel Naples NZ$228
    Royal Continental Hotel Naples

    Royal Continental Hotel Naples

    Via Partenope 38-44, Naples, NA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Historical Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castel dell'Ovo, Royal Palace and Teatro di San Carlo. Galleria Umberto and Molo Beverello Port are also within 1 mi (2 km). Toledo Station is 20 minutes by foot and Naples Piazza Amedeo Station is 21 minutes.

      Eurostars Hotel Excelsior NZ$211
      Eurostars Hotel Excelsior

      Eurostars Hotel Excelsior

      Via Partenope 48, Naples, NA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Historical Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Partenope and Castel dell'Ovo. Piazza del Plebiscito and Lungomare Caracciolo are also within 15 minutes. Toledo Station is 20 minutes by foot and Naples Piazza Amedeo Station is 24 minutes.

        Grand Hotel Vesuvio NZ$603
        Grand Hotel Vesuvio

        Grand Hotel Vesuvio

        Via Partenope, 45, Naples
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Historical Center, this luxury hotel is steps away from Via Partenope and Castel dell'Ovo. Piazza del Plebiscito and Lungomare Caracciolo are also within 10 minutes. Toledo Station is 19 minutes by foot and Naples Piazza Amedeo Station is 22 minutes.

          UNAHOTELS Napoli NZ$153
          UNAHOTELS Napoli

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          Piazza Garibaldi, 9/10, Naples, NA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi and Spaccanapoli. Naples Underground and University of Naples Federico II are also within 15 minutes. Porta Nolana Station is 5 minutes by foot and Piazza Garibaldi Station is 6 minutes.

            Artemisia Domus NZ$146
            Artemisia Domus

            Artemisia Domus

            13 Via dei Carrozzieri a Monteoliveto, Naples
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Naples guesthouse is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Santa Chiara and Sansevero Chapel Museum. San Gregorio Armeno Church and Galleria Umberto are also within 15 minutes. Dante Station is 6 minutes by foot and Toledo Station is 8 minutes.

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              Pretaloger

              Via Giuseppe Verdi 18, Naples, NA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Historical Center, this apartment building is steps away from Via Toledo, Galleria Umberto and Teatro di San Carlo. Piazza del Plebiscito and Castel Nuovo are also within 5 minutes. Toledo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dante Station is 15 minutes.

                Regina Margherita Suite NZ$85
                Regina Margherita Suite

                Regina Margherita Suite

                Via Monte di Dio, 25, Naples, NA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Historical Center, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Palace, Teatro di San Carlo and Galleria Umberto. Castel Nuovo and Castel dell'Ovo are also within 15 minutes. Toledo Station is 16 minutes by foot and Naples Piazza Amedeo Station is 17 minutes.