Castel dell'ovo and Maschio Angioino
The Castel dell'Ovo is an imposing castle of Naples located on the islet of Megaride, where it develops ...
The Castel dell'Ovo is an imposing castle of Naples located on the islet of Megaride, where it develops the Borgo Marinari adjacent to Via Partenope. Among the many castles of the capital of Campania, this is the oldest, preceding a few years Castel Capuano and more than a century the Male Angioino. It is called "Castel dell'Ovo" because of the legend of the egg, dating back to at least 300 BC: an iron cage containing a jug full of water with an egg inside was allegedly hung by the poet Virgil from an oak beam in the castle's basement. This egg, according to the story, held the destiny not only of the castle - which would have collapsed in its absence - but of the whole city of Naples. The fame of the egg that held the destiny of the capital of Campania reached such a level of popularity that when the seaquake of 1370 caused extensive damage to the castle, everyone believed that the magic egg had broken. Queen Giovanna I immediately had to take action, swearing that she had seen with her own eyes that the egg had been replaced.
The Maschio Angioino is one of those symbols of the city that really sticks in the mind and heart. The real name would be Castel Nuovo, but today it is known as Maschio Angioino, a mighty construction that rises almost from the sea and dominates Piazza del Municipio. Its position and grandeur immediately catch the tourist's attention and it is not for nothing that it is one of the most photographed attractions in the whole of Naples.