Reggia di Caserta
The Royal Palace of Caserta on International Women's Day
The gold, the details, the domes, and the paintings. OH MY. This spectacular palace was a joy to visit, especially on International Women's Day because you just can't get better than free. It was built in the 1700's for King Charles III of Bourbon. Charles wanted a palace away from the center of Naples due to the vulnerability of attack from the sea. Luigi Vanvitelli (hey, remember my post about eating at Trattoria Vanvitelli ?!) designed this beauty with inspiration from palaces of Versailles and Madrid. The ceilings are adorned with phenomenal works of art from many different artists and depict scenes from Greek and Roman mythology, religious events, and history. Do you recognize any of the photos from scenes in Star Wars?
The palace consists of 1200 rooms and is 47,000 meters squared which is plenty of gorgeous-ness to fill up one day. But to top it off, there is a breathtaking garden in the back with 6 fountains and a waterfall cascading down the side of the mountain. Enjoy the views!
-There is parking under the palace for 1 Euro/hour which is very convenient.
-Prepare for lots of walking. We did the palace and walked to the waterfall and back=about 6 miles total and 58 flights of stairs!
-There is a shuttle to take you to and from the waterfall for a couple of Euro. I will do this next time so that I have time to check out the English Garden near the back.
-Other options for exploring the outdoor area: horse drawn carriage and bikes!
-One word: PICNIC.
Ciao Bella xoxo,