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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