Royal Palace (Reggia di Caserta)

Price guide: Mid-range

Via Douhet 2, Caserta, 81100

Price guide: Mid-range

Reggia di Caserta (Royal Palace)
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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Nature / wildlife

Expert review of Royal Palace (Reggia di Caserta)

This is a Royal Palace to rival Versailles.

The Reggia (Palazzo Reale) is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it's a palace of superlatives; the sheer scale of the project is breathtaking: the build cost a staggering a 6 million ducats and comprises 1,200 rooms (though only a fraction of these are open). So why is it such an enormous palace, and why here? Following the death of Charles VI, the Royal Family found itself at war with the English and determined to create a brand new court outside, but not too far from, Naples. The architect, Luigi Vanvitelli, and, later, his son, Carlo, were commmissioned to design a complex that would not only house the Royal Family but include a university, library (the Biblioteca contains 10,000 books), public ministries, theatre, church and the most spectacular gardens (known as English Gardens). 

To arrive, take the Rome-Naples train and alight at Caserta. 

You can get an idea of the wonders that await you by checking out a video on the website which, bizarrely, has Glenn Miller's 'In the Mood' as a soundtrack. 

Price advice: 

Admission is 7 euros or 3 euros for the park and gardens only; half price for EU citizens between 18 and 25. Audio guides are 5 euros (7 euros for two). 

Expert tips: 
A shuttle bus can take you to the end of the gardens.

More information on Royal Palace (Reggia di Caserta):

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Castle / palace, Historic site, Park / garden
Address:
Via Douhet 2, Caserta, 81100
Telephone:
0823 277 111
Website:
http://www.reggiadicaserta.beniculturali.it/
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Reggia: Mon, Wed-Sun 8.30am-7.30pm (last entry 7pm). Closed Tuesdays. Parks and gardens: Tue-Sun 8.30am-1 hour before sunset (last entry 2 hours before sunset). Closed Mondays.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Palace, Gardens, Vanvitelli, UNESCO

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