Excursions : The Royal Palace of Caserta
The construction of the Palace was begun in 1752 for the Bourbon king of Naples Charles VII and probably the largest building erected in Europe in the 18th centuries. Charles VII of Naples worked closely with his architect Luigi Vanvitelli.
The political and social model for Vanvitelli's palace was Versailles; the reasons for the palace were to have a new magnificent administrative capital of the kingdom in Caserta and to protect the court from possible attacks from the sea.
The garden, a typical example of the beroque extension of formal vistas is inspired by the park of Versailles. The park starts from the back façade of the palace, flanking a long alley with artificial fountains, cascades and the famous English Garden.