Most Popular Monuments and Castles in Naples


Naples can be quite a fascinating place if you are looking for a ‚spiced’ holiday. If some claim it is quite a dangerous place to visit, others say that this is mostly a myth born and raised by the media and the large number of Mafia movies that have been shot and related to this amazing city. There is indeed some truth in all these stories, but the idea of Naples not being a safe place is quite overreacted.

What made this city so popular and mesmerizing is the wealth of the historical traces. Therefore let’s review the most popular monuments and castles in Naples that you ought to see no matter what.

Castel Nuovo


Built in 1279, Castel Nuovo, locally known under the name of Maschio Angioino, is one of the oldest in the area, having been expanded and renovated several times throughout the years. It has been built at the request of the king Charles I of Anjou when the capital of the Kingdom of Naples moved from Palermo to Naples. He asked for a new castle, not too far from the sea and directed by French artists. The construction began in 1279 and was completed three years later.

Castel dell’Ovo

Castel dell’Ovo is located on the gulf of Naples, on the former island of the Megaride. Its name, meaning the Egg Castle has quite an interesting story, coming from a legend about the Roman poet Virgil. The myth has it that this ancient genius who was also a really good sorcerer put a magical egg into the foundations of this castle in order to support the fortification.

A walk around this amazing place can be quite romantic. Many locals take their wedding photos on the 100 meters long causeway located right at the entrance of the castle, whereas the area behind it is used as a promontory, just perfect for the romantic couples.

Piazza del Plebiscito


Piazza del Plebiscito is one of the largest squares in the city, having been included in the most popular monuments and castles in Naples not only by the locals, but the tourists as well. Its name comes from the term plebiscite (a referendum), which was taken in 1860, helping Naples to be included in the unified Kingdom of Italy under the House of Savoy.  The square is located very closely to the gulf of Naples, being bordered on the east by the Royal Palace and on the west by the church of San Francesco di Paola.

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