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Castel dell\'Ovo which includes heritage architecture, general coastal views and night scenes

Visit this waterfront stone castle in the old fishing village of Borgo del Marini for fantastic views over the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

Perched majestically on the tiny island of Megaride is the elegant Castel Dell’Ovo (‘Egg Castle’ in English). This 15th century structure was the seat of power in the area for many centuries. Originally built in the 12th century by the Normans, the castle has been renovated many times over the course of history. Now, the twin-towered castle grants visitors with breathtaking panoramas, while the Museum of Prehistory it houses tells a tale of the area's people.

Adding to the fascinating history of the castle is a local legend that Roman poet Virgil allegedly buried a magic egg under the stone foundations of the Castle to keep it safe from destruction. He warned that the fate of the egg would parallel that of the castle, and if the egg was destroyed, the castle would be too. Hence, the peculiar name of the castle.

Occupying part of the castle is the Museum of Prehistory, which holds regular exhibitions featuring the ancient civilisations that lived locally. You can see collections of ceramics, clothes and other artefacts of daily life here. Venture up the two towers, Torre Maestra and Torre Normanna, for commanding views of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. See the old cannons facing out from the tower walls and scout for evidence of bombardment within the castle doors.

The castle is connected to the mainland by a 100-metre causeway—the beautiful views make it a popular spot for wedding photos.

The Castel Dell’Ovo is open daily except for Sundays. Admission to the castle is free. Ticket prices for the Museum of Prehistory vary depending on the exhibition. Take a local bus to Saint Lucia on the shoreline, and walk down the causeway. Surrounding the castle is the area of Borgo Marinari, where you can grab a bite in one of the many seafood restaurants and cafés that line the narrow streets.

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Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 48, Naples, NA
The price is AU$241 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Partenope and Castel dell'Ovo. Piazza del Plebiscito and Lungomare Caracciolo are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (898 reviews)
"beautiful hotel, a couple of small things that were annoying, kettle in room barely worked, wifi was horrible, they forgot to put towel in our room one day and the water pressure in the shower sucked"

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Royal Continental Hotel Naples
Royal Continental Hotel Naples
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 38-44, Naples, NA
The price is AU$255 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Located in Naples City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castel dell'Ovo, Royal Palace and Teatro di San Carlo. Galleria Umberto and Molo Beverello ...
4/5Very Good! (977 reviews)
"Good location on the waterfront with fantastic views overlooking Castel dell'Ovo. Nice walk to shopping on Via dei Mille. Plenty of great places to eat as you walk towards Chiaia along the waterfront. Room was clean, beds comfy and staff courteous. Taxis are always lined up outside too so it was ..."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

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Romeo Hotel
Romeo Hotel
5 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 45, Naples, NA
The price is AU$590 per night from 13 Aug. to 13 Aug.
This family-friendly Naples hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Galleria Umberto and Teatro di San Carlo. Royal Palace and Santa Chiara ...
4.4/5Excellent! (599 reviews)
"Staff are an asset to this hotel which has the most exquisite interior decoration and Spa. Stayed during COVID so not all facilities were available."

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Hotel Matilde - Lifestyle Hotel
Hotel Matilde - Lifestyle Hotel
4 out of 5
Piazzetta Matilde Serao 7, Naples, Città Metropolitana di Napoli
The price is AU$168 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
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Royal Continental Hotel Naples
Royal Continental Hotel Naples
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 38-44, Naples, NA
The price is AU$255 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
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Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
Eurostars Hotel Excelsior
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 48, Naples, NA
The price is AU$241 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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Romeo Hotel
Romeo Hotel
5 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 45, Naples, NA
The price is AU$590 per night from 13 Aug. to 13 Aug.
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Grand Hotel Vesuvio
Grand Hotel Vesuvio
5 out of 5
Via Partenope, 45, Naples
The price is AU$539 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
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UNAHOTELS Napoli
UNAHOTELS Napoli
4 out of 5
Piazza Garibaldi, 9/10, Naples, NA
The price is AU$173 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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Grand Hotel Santa Lucia
Grand Hotel Santa Lucia
4 out of 5
Via Partenope 46, Naples, NA
The price is AU$275 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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Rex Lifestyle Hotel
Rex Lifestyle Hotel
3 out of 5
Via Palepoli 12, Naples, NA
The price is AU$174 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
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NH Napoli Panorama
NH Napoli Panorama
4 out of 5
Via Medina 70, Naples, NA
The price is AU$200 per night from 19 Aug. to 19 Aug.
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