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A Day at Caserta Palace, Naples Italy

During my last week in Naples, Italy, I still hadn’t gotten around to all of those touristy things in Naples and had to make it happen. I know, I know, I’ve lived in Naples, Italy for 2 whole years and still hadn’t gotten things like Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii out of the way. Worst. Tourist. Ever.

Check back for updates throughout the weeks as I do some of the most Neopolitan things you ever did see!

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 32First, we’re going to kick things off with Caserta, Palace, one of the largest European palaces built in the 18th century. If I’m being honest, I had been to the palace gardens once before to see Andrea Bocelli perform live with my dad, which was just magnificent by the way (click the link for clips).

Before I take you inside, the day is nice enough, let’s have a bike ride around the palace gardens out back. For just a couple euro you can rent bikes for a couple of hours, totally worth it! Even pack a lunch if you have the time.

Caserta Palace, Naples ItalyThe fountain Aeolus, dedicated to the God of winds.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 2The gardens stretch back pretty far. The waterfall in the back is 3.3 km from the castle. Good thing we had bikes! There are also horse and buggy rides available and vans that drive down the roadways.
Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 4Impromptu photo shoot at the fountain of Venus and Adonis. The scene here is when Venus is begging Adonis not to go hunting so as to be killed by a wild boar as predicted. Sounds familiar… except there was no begging from Queen Cersei for King Baratheon.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 6This is the fountain of Diana and Actean, at the bottom of the waterfall. Diana is Godess of the hunt and very famous in the Caserta region.

Caserta Palace, Naples ItalyThe man turning into a dear on the left is Acten, who dared look at Diana’s naked body and she turned into a stag to be eaten by his own dogs. Man, what a life.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 5One more impromptu photo from the shoot, and then it was all the way back to try to capture the palace with the gardens in it.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 7Damn, what a photo! Lovely place. The gardens with the palace in the background.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 7Time to head back to the palace for the grand tour.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 8#framedit

Did you know that this is one of the filming locations for Star Wars?!

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 9The main staircase you walk up to start the tour. Audio guides are available.

I don’t know this guy, but he did it right!

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 11The staircase on the right is where Queen Amadala walks down the steps with the royal guards, meaning Natalie Portman has walked these halls. woo!

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 27This place must get so cold in the winter, with everything being made of marble.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 29The lighting from the window on the second floor was perfect for a few photos here.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 57At the top of the staircase. The sweeping arches make for the most picturesque photos.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 13 Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 14The chandelier’s were giant.
Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 15Look how low they hang in the room.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 56If I stood on my tippy toes, I’d be able to touch the bottom, but there were people watching like hawks.
Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 55With 1,200 rooms in the palace, there was not enough time to see them all, so we decided to walk through just a couple. Let’s head to the apartments.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 17 Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 18 Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 54To the throne room..!

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 51The central painting of “the vault” symbolizes the laying of the foundation stone for the palace on 20 January 1752.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 53 Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 50
Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 48So many beautiful things are located within the palace. Although these pictures make the palace look magnificent, it was obvious that the upkeep is only semi-conducted. There was dirt all over the floors, and the mirrors and windows have not been cleaned in days. You were not even required to wear booties, the sorts of things that other cities outside of Naples use for the preservation of castles.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 44So much gold!

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 25 Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 22On to the king’s private apartments.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 23A picture of the palace from a time long gone, with the royal family and the guard standing outside.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 24Inside the king’s royal apartments and living quarters. Sometimes these type of rooms just seem too big.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 47 Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 45 Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 26Out of one of the side windows you have the perfect views of Mt. Vesuvius.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 30Walking back down to the main area, we were done touring for the day and decided to walk outside and find some food at an Italian cafeteria down one of the side streets.


Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 41The entry gate from the front of the palace. The ticket office and gift shop is just inside.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 40She’s magnifico. Seriously.

Caserta Palace, Naples Italy 31And how would you like to be the dogs that are playing on the Caserta Palace front lawn right now? Come on, I know you’re a little jealous.

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11 Responses to A Day at Caserta Palace, Naples Italy

  1. Fi Ní Neachtáin February 27, 2017 at 00:46 #

    What an absolutely stunning palace! I love visiting places like this around Europe. I haven’t been to Naples yet, only Florence, but it’s definitely on my list. Those palace grounds look so beautiful.

  2. robin masshole mommy February 27, 2017 at 02:58 #

    That sounds like a truly amazing experience. Visiting Naples is HIGH up on my bucket list.

  3. kage2015 February 27, 2017 at 05:53 #

    Italy has become a passion of mine. This year it is all about Iceland, England and Ireland. Next year I want to do Italy. Love to see Rome and visit through out Italy from top to bottom.

  4. Franc Ramon February 27, 2017 at 09:10 #

    There’s so many picture perfect spots at Naples. There’s just to much tradition in the intricate designs of their wall.

  5. Jacqui S February 27, 2017 at 11:18 #

    Holy cow! The pictures are AMAZING! Looks like a beautiful place to visit, and you get to live there. That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Mimi Green February 27, 2017 at 15:38 #

    Stunning doesn’t seem good enough to describe your pictures. This place looks huge, and the fountain is gorgeous. I would wander around all day.

  7. Angelic Sinova February 27, 2017 at 18:18 #

    Naples is definitely HIGH on my travel bucket list (Italy in general)! I visited Paris and Amsterdam last year and I’m itching to travel to Europe again.

  8. Stephanie Pass February 27, 2017 at 19:45 #

    Wow, what a beautiful place. The next time I’m in Europe, Italy is definitely a country I cannot wait to visit. Those statues in the water are just gorgeous.

  9. The Mad Mommy February 28, 2017 at 06:28 #

    Oh my goodness! What an amazingly beautiful place! As a nerd, you totally got me with the Star Wars facts too! I absolutely love it!

  10. Dawn McAlexander February 28, 2017 at 14:00 #

    Naples is definitely on my bucket list. I have been intrigued with Pompeii ever since I first heard about it. I really want to see this place.

  11. Michele d March 2, 2017 at 08:00 #

    Wow! What a beautiful place to visit while in Italy. It’s absolutely beautiful there.

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