Piazza Vanvitelli 12, Caserta, CE, 81100, IT
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Full perspective of the gardens - Caserta Reggia
Grand Hotel Vanvitelli
Casertavecchia at night
To the castle rooms
Travel Tips for Caserta
Hop straight onto the little bus and start that en
I really loved looking at the avenue of sculptures and trying to figure out what was missing on just about every one. I imagined him to be missing his lute? How kind the attendants inside the palace were by allowing me to take whatever photo's I would like to. Mind you not very many came out as the battery was getting flat.
Reggia di Caserta: Pt 4 Gardens Walk Stage 2
In this second stage of the walk you will first see a large flat pool, with live fishes in them, they look like carps..
At the end there is a nice large fountain with many statues. There wasn't any water spouting from the statues at that time, but the poses of the statues really define the scene to be quite like a great painting. Unfortunately the front of the fountain was barricaded so you can't get close to the waters..
"More than another Versailles"
As every ruling dynasty in Europe had to have its own "Versailles" (of course bigger, more majestic, more whatever), so did the Bourbon dynasty in kingdom of Naples.
I think this comparison does not do justice however to Caserta Reggia, who truly stands on its own. Built in a more sober classicist style by Gianluigi Vanvitelli, the palace is really "regal" and imposing. And the gardens, with a long line of 3kms climbing uphill are truly unique.
Caserta Royal Palace
"Caserta Royal Palace"
The Royal Palace was begun in 1752 by Vanvitelli for the bourbon King Charles III, who dreamed of another Versailles, and was completed in 1774.
The brick and stone palace is built on a great rectangular plan about 249 M. long and 190 M. wide (272 x 207 yds ).
The ruling clases of eighteenth century Europe constituted a single nation whose homogeneity had not been equalled in preceding centuries. From Paris to Saint Petersburg, from Berlin to Naples.
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