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Caserta offers an interesting medieval part in Caserta Vecchia, few km from the modern town.
However the main reason for a visit is the world famous Reggia di Caserta, known as the Versailles of Naples, a vast 18thcentury Royal Palace.In 1751, king Charles of Bourbon commissioned the famous architect Luigi Vanvitelli to design a palace which could compete with the magnificent residences of other European sovereigns.
The construction began in 1752 and continued until 1774, when Luigi Vanvitelli died; the palace was then completed by his son Carlo, who proved unable to follow his father's detailed plans.
Seriously damaged in the second World War, the palace has recently been restored to its original splendour. So you are allowed to visit the Royal apartments which also host a a picture gallery.
The marvellous park is a typical example of Italian garden, with its extensive lawns, its square flower-beds and the triumph of waterworks.
An English Garden is also to be found, displaying rare, exotic plants and greenhouses.