The Garden Landscape Guide

Caserta Palazzo Reale La Reggia

Caserta is often seen as an Italian Versailles, though its Neapolitan designer thought otherwise. Luigi Vanvitelli, an Italian patriot, was well-read in literature and philosophy and worked closely with his Bourbon patron. Charles III, his patron, wished to be an absolute but enlightened monarch. He was encouraged by a local philosopher, Giambattista Vico, who later became very famous. Vico saw monarchy as a necessity and myth as a key to understanding society. Caserta has a great sculpture programme based on the myths in Ovid's Metamorphosis. Critics may have been less than fair in judging Caserta 'a colossal monument to miniscule glory' (E Crankshaw, p 135). Yet its main axis is over 3 km in length and, as at Versailles, was integrated with a town plan. At Caserta, the town was not built. The garden is most famous for its River Road, originally planned to run 30 km to Naples. The cascade which launched the project is an operatic conception with a fall of 78m. Loudon, as quoted below, was amazed by the engineering achievement but would like to have seen an even greater fall. Gothein could only wonder at the way 'white bodies are mingled with the foaming, plunging waters'. The sculptures are profuse and their grouping lifelike. One can see Diana bathing with her nymphs and Acteon being torn to pieces by his hounds. Caserta also has an English garden.

Caserta, Naples, Campania, Italy

All year. Daily (except 1st January, 1st May and 25th December). Open 9am to dusk.

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Reviews

  • over 1 year by Adam Hodge 5 / 5

    The sheer magnitude of the vista is jawdropping ! You have just GOT to go and see it! It's awesome!
  • over 2 years by Leon 5 / 5

    It's grand style is spectacular, less exhausting than Versailles, especially with the use of bicycles that are for hire. The English garden is fairly well maintained and the bath of Venus is beautiful. Everything Monty Don professes in his "Italian Gardens". The Palazzo is well furnished and the ceilings are superior to most other museums. Well worth the visit.
  • almost 3 years by Anna Principe 5 / 5

    I went to Italy when I was 20 years old with my beautiful mum, who has passed away. She went to see her family after many years. She hadn't been back since she got married. Anyway we stayed with one of her brothers who lives in Maddaloni, Caserta. We went to Palazzo Reale one day and I absolutely loved it! It was one of the most beautiful things that I had ever seen, besides my beautiful mum. The gardens were beautiful and the cascade di caserta was absolutely fabulous. Anyway I am almost 47 years old and the memories of my time in Italy with my beautiful mother are and will always stay with me. Hopefully to go back with my beautiful husband one day. XXOO
  • about 7 years by Luigi 4 / 5

    Its fantastic - the avenue has to be the longest.

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Reggia di Caserta, Campania Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Reggia di Caserta, Campania Photograph © psub
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Reggia di Caserta, Italy Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Water, Sculpture, Reggia di Caserta Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Reggia di Caserta, Campania Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood