Caserta may seem a simple little town in Campania but in reality it is a place worth discovering. Rich in history and precious artistic heritage, the city has the advantage that it can be visited in just a few days.
The Royal Palace of Caserta
Historical Bourbon residence built at the wish of Charles of Bourbon by Luigi Vanvitelli. Impossible to visit in one day because of its size, it is the symbol of the city and the Campania region. Its most important attractions are the Old Apartment of Maria Carolina, the Hall of Representation, the English Garden and the Bath of Venus.
Read more about the Royal Palace of Caserta and its wonderful park here.
Roman amphitheatre built by order of Augustus and renovated according to the wishes of Hadrian in 119. It originally included a building for gladiators, famous for the Spartacus revolt in 73 BC. Although it was destroyed over the centuries by various barbarian and Saracen attacks, it is still an impressive building and the largest Roman amphitheatre in the world after the Colosseum.
San Silvestro Forest
Now an ecological centre and WWF Oasis, the San Silvestro Forest was once a royal hunting reserve. Today, it contains various structures that are also suitable for accommodation, and in which it is possible to take part in activities designed to educate for environmentally sustainable tourism.
Cathedral of St Michael Archangel
It was built in neoclassical style in 1842, but was seriously damaged during World War II and has been renovated several times. To its left there is the beauty of the small Chapel of San Giovanni, dating back to the 14th century, one of the oldest religious structures in the Caserta area.
Located just outside Caserta, it was built by order of Charles of Bourbon so that copious amounts of water could reach the palace for the monarchs and feed the fountains. To realise such an important work, the job was commissioned to the famous architect Luigi Vanvitelli, who produced an aqueduct so magnificent that it attracted the attention of the whole of Europe.
Far about ten kilometres from the centre, the fortified medieval village of Casertavecchia is a historical symbol overlooking the Vanvitellian palace, Vesuvius and the islands of the Neapolitan gulf. One of the most visited places is certainly its Cathedral.
Full of typical restaurants, handicrafts and historic buildings, Casertavecchia is an evocative place. Its narrow streets will let you experience an intimate and ancient atmosphere thanks to the smells and flavours of tradition.