Former residence of the Bourbon royal family a NAPLES, the Royal Palace of Caserta is a monumental group classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built north of Naples, on an area of 5 hectares, and its dimensions are impressive. Find out here all the practical information to visit the Royal Palace of Caserta.
What to see and do in the Royal Palace of Caserta
If you visit the Royal Palace of Caserta, you will have as much to see inside as outside the Palace! The first thing that strikes the eye is its size.
The palace it was conceived to compete with the most beautiful palaces of the great rulers of the time. In fact, it included 1200 rooms, over 34 stairs and 240 windows in the facades, 1742 windows in total! It is one of the most sumptuous and most visited Italian monuments.
As a curiosity for movie lovers: the Royal Palace of Caserta has been the scene of several films such as Mission Impossible 3, Star Wars or the Da Vinci Code, to name a few of the most famous. So, during the visit, true cinema fans can try to find the places that served as a stage.
Royal Palace of Caserta: the interiors
It is a majestic palace with 3 parallel buildings, each connected by 3 others, perpendicular. Thus, the whole structure forms 4 rectangular courtyards. This arrangement allows maximum illumination of each of the 1200 rooms.
Access was facilitated by numerous corridors and stairways, including the monumental double staircase leading to the royal apartments.
Its magnificent interior takes a long time for its true appreciation, since its 1200 rooms, not to mention patios and galleries, and the splendor of its decoration, cannot be captured in its entirety in a fleeting visit. A good option to visit the palace is in the low season, when it is less crowded.
During the visit you will appreciate numerous royal apartments, which retain much of the original decoration. The rooms are decorated with fine marble floors, the walls richly decorated with beautiful paintings and large chandeliers hang from the ceiling which is usually painted with enchanting allegorical frescoes of the ruling family.
The highlights of the visit:
The remarkable floors of the Hall of Astrea, the Hall of Mars and the Throne Room,
The atrium, the grand staircase and the chapel, simply impressive
The staircase that connects the lower vestibule to the upper vestibule, from which you reach the royal apartments
The Palatine Chapel
The court theater
The numerous and fabulous paintings of the Pinacoteca
“The old apartment” where the Bourbon crib is exhibited
The Palatine Library, annexed to the Queen's apartments