Statuary round the pools of the English Garden
The Baths of Venus
There's an irony in a King and Queen of Naples having their new garden built in
a style copied from England - with one of its chief features being the recreation
of an idealised version of the Italian landscape.... dotted with the Greek & Roman
statuary and ruins that would have been seen by those who'd done the Grand Tour!
Rolling woodland in the Palace's second garden - designed and laid out
in the then-fashionable English style.
Another faux temple, in the Doric style, on the lake of the "English" gardens
Originally designed to be a water reservoir, and later converted to a place for
bee-keeping, the "Aperia" now functions as a concert venue.
Inside the Cryptoporticus
An Italian folly, also in the English garden
Several miles away, Vanvitelli's monumental aqueduct...
A huge, Roman-style, three-tiered aqueduct built by Vanvitelli for Charles III
of Naples which took 16 years to complete, before finally coming into use in 1770.
It still carries water from the Tiburno River across the valley of Maddaloni, some
200 ft above the road and railway, supported on a series of arches more than 1700 ft
long - just one stage in the 25 miles it travels through Campania, before eventually
feeding the many cascades and fountains in the Palace gardens.
View from the train : March 2010
For an idea of how close together they are, this is the view you
get of the Palace, as the train pulls out of Caserta's station.
I gather that those "works" have now been completed!