Duration : 7 Hours
Places: Caserta Royal Palace
Leaving from: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Praiano, Napoli
If you are history and architecture lovers, you can’t help but visit one of the most beautiful palaces in Italy and the whole world that is not far from the city of Naples, thanks to this wonderful Sorrento Star Cars private tour of the Royal Palace of Caserta that will take you on a discovery of one of the most important Baroque palaces ever built.
The Palace of Caserta, the name by which the palace is best known, is in fact the largest royal residence in the world. It is also called ‘Italian Versailles’ for its flamboyance and beauty and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 along with the aqueduct of Vanvitelli, the Neapolitan architect to whom its design is due, and the San Leucio complex, a monumental complex where silk was produced.
The Royal Palace of Caserta is an enchanted place, a majestic construction wanted by King Charles of Bourbon who ordered its construction in 1750 demonstrating the greatness and splendour of his court in the Italian 1700s and to clearly compete with the other European royals.
The palace has incredible numbers for that time: 1200 rooms, 1742 windows, 1026 fireplaces, 56 staircases, it has an extension of 47,000 square metres, a park of 120 hectares, it cost as much as 8,800,000 duchy corresponding to about 300 billion euros and it took over 50 years to be built.
The tour of the Royal Palace of Caserta begins with a pick-up at your hotel at the agreed time where a Sorrento Star Cars driver, who speaks fluent English will pick you up with a modern and super-equipped Mercedes so you have all the comforts you need during the journey.
When you arrive at the Palace of Caserta, your driver will advise you to choose an authorised guide for the visit of the palace and its park but if you prefer you can also choose to use the audio guides available in Italian, English, French, German or Spanish at a cost of €5 per person.
Inside the Royal Palace of Caserta, the visit will leave you speechless and at the entrance you will notice its monumental structure because among the arches of the central gallery you will see the gardens extend as far as the eye can see.
Inside the Palace you will visit the Royal apartments, the Throne room, the Court theatre and even a chapel, the famous Palatina chapel personally decorated by Luigi Vanvitelli.
The park that surrounds the Palace of Caserta, on the other hand, stretches for 3 kilometres and has various settings: a forest that was used by the sovereign and the court as a ‘secret garden’, an Italian garden with fountains, water games and figurines and an English garden full of rare plants imported from all over the world, including the first camellia which arrived in Europe from Japan.
One curiosity is the fact that many directors have used the Royal Palace as a film set for successful films. Among them are Steven Spielberg with the film ‘The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara’, Ron Howard who shot the film Angels and Demons, the famous film with Tom Hanks inspired by the masterpieces of Dan Brown, and George Lucas who filmed scenes here from both the first and second episodes of Star Wars.
The tour of the Palace of Caserta lasts about 6 hours and ends with the return to your hotel or to the agreed pickup point.
The Tour of the Royal Palace of Caserta is not available on Tuesday for weekly closing