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!
First, 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.
The 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.
Impromptu 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.
Did you know that this is one of the filming locations for Star Wars?!
I don’t know this guy, but he did it right!
If I stood on my tippy toes, I’d be able to touch the bottom, but there were people watching like hawks.
With 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.
So 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.
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