Discovering the glories of the Bourbon dynasty a stone’s throw from Naples
The best way to explore and savour the province of Caserta begins with an Italian Baroque masterpiece: the magnificent Royal Palace of Caserta, built by Charles III, Duke of Bourbon on the outskirts of Naples.
You can spend a day strolling through the huge park surrounding the main building, amid a beautifully manicured English-style garden and breath-taking fountains. Visiting the Royal Apartments, starting with the imposing Grand Staircase, often used as a television and film set, is a magical experience.
Another unmissable stop is the medieval village of Casertavecchia, with its alleyways bursting with charm and history, restaurants where you can try local delicacies, and picture-perfect panoramic terraces. Around Caserta, you can also admire one of the most ingenious works dating back to Bourbon rule: the aqueduct built by Luigi Vanvitelli to supply water to the entire city and its surroundings.
In Santa Maria Capua Vetere, you can step back in time by walking among the well-preserved remains of the Amphitheatre of Capua, which dates back to the heyday of the Western Roman Empire.