Day Trip: Rome to Caserta Palace
The royal residence of Caserta (or Reggia di Caserta in Italian) was constructed for the Bourbon Kings of Naples in the 18th century. The grandiose palace mixes Baroque and Neoclassical styles and, with 5 floors and 1,200 rooms, covers 235,000 square meters. By volume, it is the largest royal palace in the world!
In fact, from the very beginning, the plan was to build a palace that would surpass the size and magnificence of the French Versailles and, boasting almost twice as many fully frescoed monumental rooms and equally decadent fountains, many would say that it was a success.
The gorgeous palace has been used as a set for famous blockbusters including Mission Impossible, Angels & Demons, and even two Star Wars films!
It’s easy to pass a full day at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Follow the lavish corridors and admire the art collection scattered throughout rooms fit for a king – literally!
Get a glimpse at how royalty once lived within the palace walls as you get an up close look at their painted family portraits, intricate mosaic floors, extravagantly elegant chandeliers, and other decadent furnishings.
The palace is only half of it! Wander along the 2km long canal which hosts various sculpted figures and leads the way to the English Gardens. Get lost in the greenery amongst tangled trees, fresh flowers, manmade caves lined with sculptures, and other various surprises.
For more information, please check the Caserta Palace Website.
Author: April Nicole
April is an American writer and photographer who has lived in Rome since 2013. She enjoys exploring the museums of the city, as well as indulging in authentic Italian cuisine!
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