Naples – San Ferdinando – Borgo Marinari & Castel dell’ Ovo

Walking from Piazza del Plebiscito the first sight you’ll come to is the wonderful 17th century Fontana dell’ Immacolatella on Passaggio Castel dell’Ovo.

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It was originally located outside the Royal Palace, near a huge statue, and for this reason it’s also called Fontana del Gigante.

My favourite feature is the two walrus-like creatures immediately below the central fountain.

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Soon after the fountain you’ll come to Castel dell’ Ovo, the second of the three castles in the city.

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Entrance is free so it’s worth popping in if you’re passing, if only for the great views of nearby Chiaia to the west…

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… and Vesuvius to the east, looking over the sea.

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Built by the Normans in the 12th century, it’s the oldest castle in the city.

Legend has it that this rocky promontory was where the siren Parthenope was washed ashore. This was actually the location of the orginal Greek settlement, which took its name from her.

I didn’t get a good shot of the whole castle but these photos from the web will give you the idea.

Sitting below it’s walls is the Borgo Marinari, or ‘sailor’s village’ which is now a marina

All the buildings here have been converted into restaurants, several of which have outdoor terraces. There’s a very romantic atmosphere, especially at night.

Unfortunately it’s a tout infested tourist trap but it’s understandable people why people would want to go there when you have a view like this from your table.

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According to Lonely Planet, locals do rate Trattoria Castel dell’ Ovo at 28 Via Luculliana as being a good and relatively inexpensive place to go but unfortunately it seems to have changed hands now and is called something else. It might still be okay but I haven’t tried it as I couldn’t get in. Reservations are required for all these places, especially Sunday lunch.

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