Castel dell'Ovo

The truth is that we could talk endlessly about Castel dell’Ovo, and still risk to leave something out. Once you’re inside, it is easy to understand why: the most ancient castle of Naples, overlooking the sea, preserves and offers the appeal of all the history it beholds; getting inside the castle means to experience the enchanted aura of the whole city, its sparkling atmosphere, the rhythm of all the events and personalities, the real ones and the fictitious ones, that have forged the city, making it what it is today. Speaking of which, here are some of them:

Half human, half fish. Legend as it that Cola Pesce dived near Castel del’Ovo on the behest of the King of Naples, who wished to discover the mysteries hidden into the abyss. Several times Cola Pesce carried out his king’s order, only to disappear completely.
A lot of personalities were hosted here for a while. Someone also reluctantly. Tommaso Campanella, for instance, and Romulus Augustulus were imprisoned here, while Lucullus and Francesco Petrarca lead far happier lives within these walls.

In the past, the castle has been the location of different activities. Here Charles of Bourbon decided to set up a mirrors and crystals factory, while during the second world war the castle became an anti-aircraft outpost, as well as headquarter for the Libya-bound troops.

Castel dell'Ovo

The truth is that we could talk endlessly about Castel dell’Ovo, and still risk to leave something out. Once you’re inside, it is easy to understand why: the most ancient castle of Naples, overlooking the sea, preserves and offers the appeal of all the history it beholds; getting inside the castle means to experience the enchanted aura of the whole city, its sparkling atmosphere, the rhythm of all the events and personalities, the real ones and the fictitious ones, that have forged the city, making it what it is today. Speaking of which, here are some of them:

Half human, half fish. Legend as it that Cola Pesce dived near Castel del’Ovo on the behest of the King of Naples, who wished to discover the mysteries hidden into the abyss. Several times Cola Pesce carried out his king’s order, only to disappear completely. A lot of personalities were hosted here for a while. Someone also reluctantly. Tommaso Campanella, for instance, and Romulus Augustulus were imprisoned here, while Lucullus and Francesco Petrarca lead far happier lives within these walls.

In the past, the castle has been the location of different activities. Here Charles of Bourbon decided to set up a mirrors and crystals factory, while during the second world war the castle became an anti-aircraft outpost, as well as headquarter for the Libya-bound troops.
 
 

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