Also known as the Reggia of Caserta, Caserta Royal Palace was built as a summer retreat forÂ Charles VII of Naples. Construction for this modest estate commenced in 1752 and is renowned in part because of its resemblance in structure to the Palace of Versailles in France.
The Caserta Royal Palace is rectangular in shape and measures approximately 247 X 184m. It boasts 1200 rooms and twenty-four state apartments.
When we first arrived in Caserta at the Caserta Royal Palace it was, I believe, a Tuesday, and while a little bit strange the Palace and Gardens were closed on that day. But as luck would have it we were able to return a few days after.
This Palace is evidently not just a tourist attraction but it is also a fabulous park that is used by the locals for walking and picnics and children playing soccer or just having fun in the sunshine.
If you look at the picture above the main entrance is in the center of the Palace structure. From here that opening appears small. But this Palace is immense.
The main staircase is like a wide avenue crafted of fine marble and adorned with sculptures, mosaics and grand paintings.
I’ve read that this staircase as well as certain rooms throughout the palace have been used in a variety of films.
Of particular note is that the staircase was used in the film Angels & Demons. The sheer size of the structure does, in fact resemble parts of the Vatican and is much more easily accessible.
While I did travel to the Vatican I felt lucky here in that I wasn’t over-run by mobs of other tourists. While there was a throng of children visiting the palace when I was there I had many times when I was essentially alone in a variety of these really grand rooms.
The Throne Room is massive and if you look closely at the pictures you can get a taste of the opulent adornments. The Caserta Royal Palace is replete with paintings such as the one on the ceiling in this long hall.
The Throne itself is actually at the end of the room on the left.
Even the children who resided in this palace were afforded superior accommodations. I can only fantasize what it must have been like to be able to grow up in such a resplendent environment.
I can only show just so many pictures for each post. But with 1200 rooms to get lost in it must have been a great place to play as a kid.
Even though Charles VII was reputed to have been overcome with delight at having a Palace unto himself that rivaled the Great Place of Versailles in France he evidently didn’t spend even one night in this Palace.
Apparently in 1759 he abdicated so that he could take his place as King of Spain. The Caserta Royal Palace was completed in 1772 for Ferdinand IV of Naples.
In Part Two of Caserta Royal Palace we will go out and play in the Gardens. Just imagine a garden of 250 acres complete with your own series of waterfalls and fountains.