|Tom at Castle Dell Ovo|
|Rob at Castle Dell Ovo|
BUILT WITH TUFFACEOUS STONE - WHAT IS IT? - The castle was built with "Tuff" or "Tuffaceous" stone. According to Geology.com, Tuff is an igneous rock that forms from the products of an explosive volcanic eruption. In these eruptions, the volcano blasts rock, ash, magma and other materials from its vent. This ejecta travels through the air and falls back to Earth in the area surrounding the volcano. If the ejected material is compacted and cemented into a rock, that rock will be called "tuff."
TIMELINE OF CASTLE HISTORY - While in the castle I (Rob) wrote down some of the important dates. This impressive castle stands on the site of a 6th century B.C. Greek colony, and later a Roman fortress. At one time the castle was used for a prison.
CASTLE BACKGROUND - Built by the Normans in the 12th century, Naples’ oldest castle owes its name (Castle of the Egg) to Virgil. The Roman scribe reputedly buried an egg on the site where the castle now stands, warning that when the egg breaks, the castle (and Naples) will fall.
|Tom walking up the castle stairs|
|Tom looking out at Mt. Vesuvis|
|Rob at a cannon|
1100s - the original castle was built
1370 A.D. - A seaquake damaged the castle
1442-1503 - King Alfo restored the castle dock, the defense structure and along with three other castles it became the defense of the city.
1503 - Ferdinand the Catholic and forces attacked and damaged the castle
|Looking up a passageway|
1670s - The access bridge collapsed in a storm
18th and 19th centuries - the castle was used for the military
1975 - the castle was restored and opened to the public.
For more information: http://www.castel-dell-ovo.com/
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