The ancient Italians and Greeks called this small island Nesis, or the Little Island. Today, you can visit the small volcanic island. Nisida sits below the shadow of several comfortable budget hotels in Naples. Near Nisida, you will find the wonders of Napoli. On the island, you will gather glimpses of the life and death of Julius Caesar. Legend has it that Marcus Iunius Brutus and Cassius hatched their plot to assassinate the great Roman general and dictator on Nisida. You can see some ruins that may or may not be those of Brutus’ residence.
Brutus was not the only important Roman who dwelt on the island. Lucius Lincinius Lucullus also built his own villa there. Later centuries saw the construction of a castle. This 16th century structure was built as part of the fief of the Macedonio family. The best-known owners of the island were the Bourbons. This French monarchy had a notorious prison on the island. In fact, the British army occupied the island and used it themselves as a prison facility. Some of this is apparent if you chance to visit Nisida from nearby discount hotels in Naples. Today, there is also a strong presence from Nato on the island.
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