Castel dell’Ovo

Castel dell’Ovo


On the ancient Megaride isle stands the imposing Castel dell’Ovo. One of the most imaginative Neapolitan legends would trace his name egg that Virgil would have hidden inside a cage in the basement of the castle. The place where the egg was kept, was closed by heavy locks and kept secret because of “quell’ovo hung them all the luck and facti dil Castel Marino.”
Since then, the fate of the castle, together with that of the entire city of Naples, has been linked to that of the egg. The chronicles report that at the time of Queen Joanna I, the castle suffered extensive damage due to the collapse of the arch connecting the two rocks on which it is built and the Queen was forced to declare solemnly that it has taken steps to replace the egg to prevent it from spreading panic in the city for fear of further and more serious disasters.

Located on the islet of Megaride, it consists of two rocks joined together by a large arch. On this island landed the Cumans (origin greek-Euboean) in mid-seventh century BC and then founded the city on the back Monte Echia (or, at least, an organized town) of Partenope, which in 1949 was discovered the necropolis in Via Nicotera 10, while they were digging the foundations for the construction of a building replaced another destroyed by World War II bombings.
Islet and Mount Echia, in the first century BC, during the Roman domination, was built the famous villa of Lucius Licinius Lucullus, that probably stretched with gardens and fountains to the current Town Hall Square, as it seems to show a structure brought to light by recent excavations under Castelnuovo.
Remembered the villa are the drums of columns in the “Hall of Columns” that, during the High Middle Ages, it was used as a refectory of one of the monasteries that were built on the island and the remains of a nymphaeum on the terrace of Mount Echia.

The castle is open:
in summer (to coincide with the implementation of daylight saving time and until it is deactivated)
– On weekdays from 9.00 to 19.30 – 18.45 last access
– On holidays and on Sunday from 9.00 to 14.00 – 13.15 last access

in winter (to coincide with the deactivation of daylight saving time and until the new activation)
– On weekdays from 9.00 to 18.30 – 17.45 last access
– On holidays and on Sunday from 9.00 to 14.00 – 13.15 last access

Access to the castle is free.

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