Castel dell'Ovo

This rock was a landing for seafarers from earliest times. The wealthy Roman Lucullus appropriated it as part of his luxurious villa. Later the last Roman emperor came here after he was deposed in 476. The castle was erected by the Staufers (German Swabian rulers of the Holy Roman Empire), who inherited Naples from the Normans. The Neapolitans never wanted the Staufers as rulers, and the last of them, Konrad, was defeated and executed in Naples, and his brothers incarcerated for life in this very castle.

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