Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Park: Reggia di Caserta in Southern Italy

Come with me to the Reggia di Caserta! The Royal Palace of Caserta is a former royal residence in Caserta, southern Italy, constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples.

The back façade of the palace

It is the largest royal residence in the world with over 2 million m³ and covers an area of 47,000 m². In 1997, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, described in its nomination as "the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque, from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multidirectional space" (Wikipedia).

In this post, we will take a stroll at the parco! The 120 ha park is also inspired by the park of Versailles. It starts from the back façade of the palace, flanking a long alley with artificial fountains and cascades. Then, in the next post we will visit inside the Palace (it's one of the most beautiful things I've seen in my life).

Peeking through one of the arches. I was heading towards the park. It's a HUGE and majestic park!

Oh look, a horse carriage!

What a beautiful horse!

A fiery red dragon fly.

I love bicycle... In the background is the grand cascade.

That's me at the Fountain of the Dolphins!

I'm heading towards the Grand Cascade right at the top there...

There are many beautiful sculptures such as these along the way. More pictures below.

This is the origin of selfie...

A couple and a loner

I think these guys saw something...

It's a Carabinieri helicopter!

She also saw it.

Apparently this guy saw the helicopter too!

I was stalking this little gecko.

The majestic view from above. And the palace weeeeee in the background.

Did you know that the Caserta Palace has been used as a filming location in a number of movie productions?
  •  In 1997 it served as a filming location for Star Wars when it was used as the setting for Queen Amidala's royal palace on Naboo in the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It featured again in the 2002 film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as Queen Jamilla's palace.
  • The same room was also used in Mission: Impossible III as Vatican City. In the film, a Lamborghini car is blown up in a square inside the palace.
  • The main staircase is also used in Angels & Demons as the Vatican's staircase.

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