Ovo Castle

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Situated on the ‘island’ Borgo Marinaro in Naples, Italy, is Castel dell'Ovo (Ovo Castle). The castle is the oldest fortification in Naples, it was built by the Normans in the 12th century but was restored in 1975 to the appearance you see today after years of decay. The castle gets its name from a local legend about a Roman poet, who is thought to have laid a magical egg into the castle's foundations and that if it was broken the castle would fall and Naples would have bad luck. The castle has served the militaries of the Swabians, Angevins and Alfonso of Aragon over the years. Today, the castle is used as a place for events and exhibitions.

Getting there

Head for the Borgo Marinaro area of Naples. By bus take the 140, 154 or C25 lines which stop close to the castle. The closest underground metro stop to the castle is at ‘Municipal’ which is a 10-15 minute walk away from the castle.

Opening Times and Admission

The castle is open to visitors daily, 9am-7pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-1pm on a Sunday. Admission to the castle is free.

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  • Via Eldorado, 3, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy
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