Secrets of Maschio Angioino

The Angioino Keep, also known as Castel Nuovo (New Castle), is the sum of tens of styles and architectures brought about by the ever-changing royal dynasties of Naples.

Must-Do's Naples Published on 9 August 2018

Charles I of Anjou lived there as far as 800 years ago! Afterwards, Angevin, Aragonese and Bourbon kings made it the magnificent bric-a-brac it is today. Giotto, Petrarch and Boccaccio were also among the illustrious guests of Maschio Angioino.

Dare to enter Fossa del Coccodrillo

Did you know there once was a crocodile in Naples? It lived right underneath Castel Nuovo and from time to time it fed of the house’s prisoners. In fact, the Angioino crocodile was but a legend told by the likes of Benedetto Croce and Alexandre Dumas. That was until, in 2004, excavations unveiled the animal’s skeleton, together with three ancient vessels. Fossa del Coccodrillo is part of Maschio Angioino’s dungeons.

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Time to Explore: 2-3 hours.

Top Tips: Guided tours will take you through archaeological discoveries and show you tremendous views of the city.

What’s Close? Piazza del Plebiscito, San Carlo Theatre, Napoli Sotterranea [link to Naples Underground], Palazzo Reale [link to Explore Palazzo Reale], Bourbon Tunnel [link to Must-do article], Ovo Castle [link to Must-do article], Naples Harbour.

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