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THE ROYAL PALACE OF CASERTA

written by Alexandra Evans

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The palace was the last great building of the Italian baroque commissioned to the famous Italian architect Vanvitelli by Carlo III Borbone.

Although you can't visit each of its 1200 rooms, the ones you will see are as extravagant as they are exquisite. The majestic main staircase, whose 116 steps were all carved from one gigantic block of stone, is a perfect combination of rich marbles and dramatic perspectives. It leads to the marvelous 25 rooms of the royal apartments. Be sure to visit the jewel-like theatre, modeled after San Carlo.

The gardens are immense; stroll through the Bosco Vecchio (old wood), past the little castle built as a playhouse for the Bourbon princes, past the fish pond where mock sea battles were staged to amuse the members of the royal court, past the dolphin fountain and on to the fountain of Diana and Actaeon, a sculptural group as animated and enchanting as the one in Trevi Fountain.

Rest a while here, for you still haven't reached the loveliest section of the park, the English Gardens, embellished with a tiny lake and fake ancient ruins. We advise you to pay a visit to the Royal Palace at the sunset, when the rooms aswell as the garden, are enlighted by the warm rays of the sun in a very special way.

CASERTA: OTHER GUIDES

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