- Castel dell'Ovo: A symbol of Naples and the most picturesque icon of the city's waterfront, this castle is its oldest fortification, having been built on the site of the ancient Greek settlement of Megaris which dates back to the 9th century B.C. It is said the poet-magician Virgil buried an egg in its foundations decreeing that disaster would befall the city if the egg should break.
- Reggia di Caserta: The Versailles of Italy, this splendid royal palace was built by the famous architect Vanvitelli for the Bourbon kings in the 18th century. It holds fantastic works of art and the decorations -- walls and floors included -- are magnificent. The Reggia is also justly famed for its massive Italianate garden, one of the most beautiful in the world.
- Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino): This 13th-century castle was the residence of Neapolitan kings until the 17th century. Although a fire in the 16th century destroyed its frescoes, including those by Giotto, there is still enough in this majestic fortress to impress visitors.
- Palazzo Reale: Naples's beautiful Royal Palace, with its neo-classical facade and statues of kings, dominates wide-open Piazza del Plebiscito. In its richly decorated interior, you'll find a splendid collection of art, an exquisite 17th-century theater, and a superb library.
- Castel Lauritano: This ruined castle in Agerola, a town set in the hills above the Amalfi Coast, is wonderfully picturesque and offers extensive views over both the coast and the interior.
- Villa Rufolo: This splendid villa in Ravello has been made famous by its terrace, gardens, and superb vistas which together inspired Wagner to write some of his Parsifal. Today, you can listen to concerts of Wagner's work in the same setting.
- Villa Cimbrone: The gardens of the Villa Cimbrone, the second-most famous villa in Ravellos, also have a magnificently panoramic terrace. The villa itself houses a small, exclusive hotel restaurant.
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