Royal Palace of Caserta
Located at the entrance of the city center, the Palace is directly connected to the railway station as well as with the Highway “Autostrada del Sole” Caserta Nord exit.
If you are planning to visit it from June to October, I suggest you also to take the evening excursion called “Light Paths” very beautiful and suggestive.
The classic visit it’s divided in two parts: one where you discover the apartments and one dedicated to the Royal gardens.
1 - Historical Apartments
The best way to take a visit of the apartments it’s to arrive early in the morning and enjoy with the sunlight the various halls, the majestic staircase decorated with marble lions from Carrara, the libraries, and the chambers of the rulers with Louis XVI style furnishings and paintings.
Leaving the building, heading towards the left side, you will see first the Castelluccia, a place used by kings as recreation. Then, you will encounter the great Fish pond with swans and a lovely central islet until you reach the main boulevard with its “Fontana di Eolo” that marks the entrance to the most scenic part of the park.
To those who don’t like to walk, there is several options for enjoy the park. You can rent a bike for being independent, choose a carriage or decide to wait for the local shuttle that running every 20/30 minutes and reach the main fountain underneath the stunning waterfall at the top of the garden.
Once you enter the English garden you will fell that you entered a really surreal place. Maybe, the most beautiful part of the Royal Park. With a side entrance, it is the home of more than 100 species among plants and shrubs, and has a fairy tale pond of water lilies.
You feel like you are crossing a Victorian garden full of magic and silence.
The Bath of Venus
The surprises at the Caserta Royal Palace are various, but the most suggestive one is represented by this hidden place.
Inside the English garden, in fact, through a secluded pathy ou can reach a more intimate corner, where a statue depicting Venus bathes demure near a small waterfall. You will be amazed by the beauty of the sculpture combined with the enchantment of the Oasis that hosts it. I recommend you try to make this visit on a sunny day, to wear comfortable shoes and not to forget your camera.
Behind the bath of Venus you will find a beautiful representation of an ancient temple in ruins with walls of tuff. The site is decorated with eleven statues transported from Pompeii and the Farnese collection, the floor is made of colored marbles and there are numerous fake cracks and fractures of the vault.
After completing the visit of the palace, if you want a gourmet stop, continue towards the train station and then take Verdi Street. After a few hundred meters you will find one of the best restaurants in Caserta: the “Locanda Battisti”.