Strolling along the scenic via Caracciolo the eyes are enraptured by the beauty and grandeur of the Castel dell’Ovo which seems to protect the city of Naples. At its feet there is one of the most beautiful and particular places of this splendid city, the Borgo Marinari.
Once a fishermen marine it attracts the eyes of the visitors for its beauty and a surreal atmosphere away from the city stress. The village is located on the islet of Megaride, where according to legend the siren Parthenope landed, the Greeks founded a colony, the Romans built a luxurious villa and the Basilian monks a monastery, until the arrival of the Normans who built the Castle.
Today this small village comes alive with bars, restaurants, pizzerias, exclusive nautical and sailing clubs and few homes, all surrounded by the sea with boats moored. Very popular and appreciated for its quietness, especially during the summer months, it is a great place where you can take a break sipping a coffee at a bar or a drink with friends or photographing the city from this prospective. If you go there you will be certainly impressed by the many restaurants you will find in such a small space, frequented by celebrities as Totò and Sophia Loren. Among these the restaurant “La Scialuppa”, which has always served excellent seafood since 1860, or “Ciro” which from 1936 is one of the oldest and most suggestive restaurants-pizzerias in the city, the historic eatery “Locanda Castel dell’Ovo”, once called “O’ tabaccaro”, because a former tobacco store, where you can enjoy excellent fried fish or typical Neapolitan dishes. Among them the typical peppered mussels or the famous octopus alla Luciana, whose origins are very ancient and go back to the fishermen of the village, skilled in fishing for the veracious octopus thanks to terracotta amphorae positioned on the seabed the night before.
Anyway this place is not only attractive for restaurants or bars or pizzerias: what makes it so unique is the magic you can feel, a Neapolitan heart beating, the surrounding sea and the sounds and voices wrapping you.