On my last visit to Naples I took a day trip to Caserta to see the Royal Palace known as La Reggia di Caserta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace was designed by Neapolitan architect Luigi Vanvitelli and built in the mid 18th century for Bourbon King Charles III. The Spanish sovereign wanted a palace which would match and even surpass Versailles. The colossal palace has over 1,000 rooms, about two dozen state apartments, a royal theatre modeled after the Teatro San Carlo of Naples and a beautiful room dedicated to the Royal crèche.
The façade of the Palace
One of the rooms in the Palace with an interesting patterned floor
An unusual conical-shaped bookcase
I was overwhelmed at the size of the Reggia and after seeing a handful of rooms decided to spend my time outside walking the gardens. The area behind the palace, known as Il Parco di Caserta, is a vast expanse of land covering 296 acres on a gently sloping terrain with fountains, ornamental waterworks, statues, and an English garden.
Exiting the Palace, this is the first view of the park
Looking back at the Palace
Basin of the Dolphins, named after the Fountain of the Dolphins
A strip of grass between the Basin of the Dolphins and the next fountain
The cascades and the waterfalls in the background
These next six photographs are from Wikimedia Commons.
Fountain of the Dolphins
Fountain of Ceres
Fountain of Acteon, half-deer half-man
Fountain of Venus and Adonis
Fountain of Diana
Built between 1753 and 1770, the aqueduct was designed by Vanvitelli to supply water to the city of Caserta and to the numerous waterfalls and fountains in the Palace park. This section of the aqueduct is known as Ponti della Valle.