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Castel dell'Ovo
Castel dell'Ovo
Political information

An important fortification located in Naples.


Naples, Italy

Date constructed

12th century CE

Historical information


Additional information

Castel dell'Ovo, also known as Egg Castle, is a castle and an important landmark located on an islet in the Bay of Naples. Its name comes from a legend about the Roman poet Virgil, who, in the Middle Ages, was regarded as a powerful sorcerer and was said to have placed an egg in the castle's fortifications to make them stronger.

In the Renaissance, a drydock was located nearby which housed Cesare Borgia's naval cannon, but in 1502, the Assassin Ezio Auditore destroyed the only prototype of the construct.


A medieval castle located on the former island of Megaride, the Castel dell'Ovo is named for a legendary Roman poet who was believed to be a great sorcerer. Legend tells us that he placed a magical egg in the structure's foundation to support it.

The original edifice was a fortified villa where the last Roman Emperor, Romulus Augustus, was exiled in 476.


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