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“The Pizza or the Egg?”
Review of Castel dell'Ovo

Castel dell'Ovo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed December 30, 2012

We were taken to the Castel dell’Ovo as part of a Carrani day tour to Naples and Pompeii. Dark and imposing, particularly on an overcast day, the oldest surviving fortification of Naples is not without its charm. But nor is it particularly remarkable.

Our guide led us along the causeway to the main entrance for a quick photo stop, past the morning shift of street vendors setting up proud displays of splat balls and other tourist trinkets. He told us the colourful legend of the Roman poet, and apparently sorcerer, Virgil placing a magic egg in the foundations to strengthen its fortifications. Hence, the Castle of the Egg. It also hosted a Roman Emperor during his exile back in the fifth century, if memory serves. With the precious little time we had in Naples, I would have liked to go inside and get a much better feel for the place, but unfortunately our guide had less interesting things to show us, and we moved on.

I think an hour in Naples can be better spent, like getting a slice of margherita from the pizzeria that invented it, for instance. However, the Castel is a reasonable substitute… perhaps.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Not a lot to see in side but the views are spectacular & not a bad walk! You close to everything so I say there's no excuse on missing out on this castle due to it being rite near the heart of Naples! I went on Sunday & admission was free so I can't tell you what the cost of it is on other days, I believe 3-5 Euro!

Thank Courtney1021
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

It is definitely worth a visit. To be honest I wasn’t terribly keen in the museum but walking inside the castle, admiring the scenery was great! They also have very good fish restaurants there. We tried one called Zi Teresa (or something similar) and it was delicious!

Thank Veronica W
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

It is a good place for a quick visit, with nice views of the city, the bay and the Vesuvius from inside and the roof. The entrance is in the Via Partenope, that in fact is a very nice avenue and area for a pleasant walk. It’s a good combination with the visit to the Piazza Plebiscito.

There is free admission.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Naples waterfront or downtown, you can take a free stroll to the top of the Castel dell'Ovo to see some amazing vistas of Mount Vesuvius and the city of Naples. Unless there is a specific art exhibit you would like to see there, it is not necessarily something you'd go to see apart from other activities.

Thank sheiksan
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