Tre Cancelle Farmhouse
Day Trip To The Royal Palace of Caserta
Another Day Trip you might like to take from Tre Cancelle Farmhouse is to the Royal Palace of Caserta.
The city of Caserta is best known for its magnificent palace. The palace named the Reggia di Caserta was commissioned by King Charles VII of Naples (a member of the Bourbon dynasty) who later became Charles III, King of Spain. This sumptuous royal residence was designed by Luigi Vanvitelli, an Italian architect and engineer, who took inspiration from the great palace of Versailles and it is indeed referred to as the Versailles of Naples. The construction work commenced in 1752 and was completed by Charles’ son Ferdinand in 1774. Vanvitelli died in 1773 and the work was continued by his son Carlo.
The palace has an impressive facade, 5 floors, 1790 windows, and 1,200 rooms, of which about 95 are open to the public. A monumental marble staircase, guarded by two carved marble lions, leads up to the Palatine chapel. There follows a series of antechambers, such as the Hall of Halberdiers, the Hall of the Guards, the Hall of Alexander and the Throne Room. Then there are 24 royal apartments, dating from 18th and 19th centuries. Each and every room is luxuriously decorated and furnished. Ceilings are adorned with elaborate gilded plasterwork, colourful frescoes and embellished with magnificent chandeliers. There is also a grandiose court theatre and a splendid library. All in all the Palace is a breathtaking Baroque extravaganza, a great statement of power and wealth.
The Reggia di Caserta also has 250 acres of verdant parklands and gardens, with a long avenue of spectacular man-
We would suggest that if you would like to visit Caserta, you should drive there. From “Tre Cancelle” to the Royal Palace of Caserta is a distance of approximately 86 km / 55 miles (journey time approximately 1½ hours). The palace is situated in the centre of Caserta, near the railway station. It is easy to park as there is an underground car park conveniently situated to the front of the Palace.
Also worth a visit while in this area is Caserta Vecchia, the old medieval town which is remarkably well preserved. It has the remains of a castle dating back to the 11th century and a Cathedral built in the 12th century. Nearby, in Santa Maria Capua Vetere, there is a Roman Amphitheatre.