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What to do and see in Caserta

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Indisputable is the importance, when you are in these places, going to the famous Royal Palace ofCaserta; was in 1750 when Charles of Bourbon decided to build the Palace as the ideal center of the new kingdom of Naples, now autonomous and free transfer from Spanish rule. The design for the imposing building, was entrusted, after many twists and turns, to the architect Luigi Vanvitelli, son of the most important painter of views, Gaspar Van Wittel, already active in Rome under Pope Benedict XIV involved in the restoration of the dome of St. Peter. However, it was his son, Carlo Vanvitelli, to bring to fruition in the next century this magnificent royal residence. A rectangular plan of the building to the height of five floors overlooking four large courtyards. But what is more surprising are the amazing gardens viable in pleasant walks where you can admire sculptures, ponds and waterfalls. The palace is not the only evidence of the great building development during the Bourbon period; theMonumental Complex of San Leucio was intended initially as a hunting reserve and vacation, and developed by Ferdinand IV who wanted to create a small town dedicated to the production of silk. Today you can visit the royal apartment, the Silk Museum and a collection of old tools and equipment restored and fully functional. Perched on a hill and with typical medieval plant is situated the ancient village of Casertavecchia, with its narrow alleys and stone houses which are arranged around the Cathedral. Near Caserta you can visit the lovely Santa Maria Capua Vetere with the Amphitheater Campano, from Roman times, with the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Capua, and the splendid Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore. Also important is the Benedictine Basilica of St. Angelo in Formis, jewel of architecture and art, and theMuseum Campano. There are also many regional parks present in these places like Roccamorfina Regional Park, dominated by the ancient volcano, now dormant, and the Matese Regional Park, characterized by beautiful landscapes that are intertwined with evidence of ancient rulers and which at the same time offers possibility of different types of activities such as walking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross country skiing, rock climbing and ice.

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