Campania Stories 2018; Avvinare

Italy – 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex

I am in Naples for the next few days discovering wines and food products from Campania as well as some of their amazing cultural and artistic sites.

We got to visit the Reggia di Caserta, the local version of Versailles built in the 1700s for the Bourbon royal family of Naples.. I am hard pressed to describe its beauty and the size of the palace.

I have been to Versailles and the Schönbrunn  palace in Vienna, also a baroque monument. The Reggia is just as regal if not more so. It is  the largest palaces in the world and was given UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1997. It has 1,200 rooms.

We saw many of the rooms, maybe not 1,2000 but certainly 40-50. We had a wonderful guide and I learned so much about the Kingsom of Naples which lasted from the 1200s until 1816. The area hen become the Kingsom of the Two Sicilies which lasted until Italian unification in 1861.

I think I took 100 pictures today and that was just at the palace.

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