- Type: Castles, Palaces & Historic Buildings
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Discovery the history of Naples at the city's oldest castle
- First settled by the ancient Greeks who went on to found the city of Partenope, the tiny island of Megaride is home to the city's oldest castle. Many believe that the name, Castel dell'Ovo, is due to its unusual shape (as Ovo means Egg); however, others still think that the name is linked to medieval legends. Apparently the poet Virgil hid an egg in an iron cage and left it to hang from a rafter in a secret place within the castle; if the egg is broken, both the castle and the city are doomed to destruction. Check tourism website for more details.
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