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Caserta's Royal Palace

Italy's largest royal palace, whose 1200 rooms enclose a volume of some 2 million cubic metres, the baroque
Reggia di Caserta was built for Charles III of Naples in 1752 - in response to the French kings' Versailles.

Possibly familiar from appearances in the movies - in 'Angels and Demons', as the palace of an alien queen
in Star Wars, the Vatican in Mission Impossible III, home of Louis XVIII in the 1970s epic, Waterloo...
Neither Charles nor his architect, Vanvitelli, was to see the project completed, however his son and successor
- Ferdinand IV of Naples - and his wife, ironically the sister of France's Queen Marie Antoinette, lived in
the luxurious Royal Apartments for many years.

The formal gardens are dominated by an enormously long series of water features, fed by Vanvitelli's high-level
aqueduct - with the later addition of a more pastoral area, set out in the then-fashionable "English" style.

During WWII the Reggia served as both a military hospital and as the Allied Headquarters; on April 29th 1945 it
was here that the unconditional surrender of German troops in Italy was signed.

Click on individual pictures, and select 'Original' for a larger version - using F11 for full-screen mode.

Do check - but in early 2013: Closing: Every Tuesday, 1 January, Easter Monday, 1 May, 25 December.
NB - sic: 'The special openings in the closing days of indicated will be reported from time to time'

For prices, and the opening times - which, for the gardens, change with the seasons - see: