After gazing out at Castel Dell’Ovo (pictured below in the previous entry) over breakfast on the terrace of our hotel room, we decided to walk over and explore the Egg Castle, so named because of a medieval legend which claims that the poet Virgil hid an egg in the foundation of the Castle which would foretell the fate of Naples. If the egg were destroyed, so would Naples be destroyed. As long as the egg was safe, Naples would remain safe as well.
A Street Market
A Produce Market
A Fish Market
We spent the rest of the morning meandering through the colorful streets of Napoli, perusing the merchandise of the various street markets we ran into.
Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Next on the agenda today was a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, with its expansive Greco-Roman collection, and treasures from both the Pompeii and Herculaneum sites, and an impressive Egyptian collection with mummies and a glass-encased preserved head that was definitely having a bad hair day.
The Moon above Castel Nuovo
We made a quick tour through the Castel Nuovo early in the evening, wandering throughout the grounds, taking in some of the art work inside, and gawking at the human skeletons embedded into the foundation of the crypt. One of the most impressive sights was watching the sun descend behind the 13th-century castle with Mount Vesuvius reigning in the background. Unfortunately, I have no pictures to prove it.