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Duration: 5 hours
Skip-the-Line Entry to Caserta Royal Palace & Round-Trip Transfers from Naples
Duration: 2.5 hours
Children under the age of 17 can enter for free, and EU adults between the ages of 18-24 can enjoy discounted rates on the Royal Palace of Caserta tickets.
The Royal Palace of Caserta is the largest palace in the world. It was designed in 1752 by the famous Luigi Vanvitelli and was meant to be the core of the capital city of a new kingdom. Connected to both the park and the waterfall, the palace provides a scenographic perspective.
The Grand Staircase is known to been viewed as a reference for several staircases that came after. The 32-meter high staircase ends with a dome that once used to host an invisible orchestra. The staircase leads to a large central vestibule that leads you to the other parts of the palace such as the Chapel and the Royal Apartments.
Luigi Vanvitelli divided the floor for the Royal Family into four quarters. The south-west quarter was for the King. The south-east was where the crown prince resided and was inhabited by the Royal Family for more than 50 years as the western side of the palace remained incomplete because of Napoleonic domination.
Inspired by the Royal Chapel of Versailles, the King asked Vanvitelli to design the Palatine Chapel at the Palace of Caserta. But Vanvitelli, being the genius that he was, created something entirely different while still keeping Renaissance, Baroque and Mannerist traditions alive with his neo-classical elegance.
As you exit the main gallery, you enter a large clearing which is the Parterre. It is a French word that means “on the ground” and follows the French garden designs. It has wide grasslands as opposed to the original flower beds as the design was changed during the works. On the left side of the park is the old woods that existed even before the park was built.
The English garden was designed by Luigi’s son, Carlo Vanvitelli along with an English gardener, John Andrew Graefer. Queen Maria Carolina invested her personal fortune to compete with the Petit Trianon of Versailles. It is an example of an informal Italian garden that spans over 24 hectares.
Named in the honor of the King Charles of Bourbon, the Carolino Aqueduct is an engineering marvel designed by Luigi Vanvitelli. It was designed to supply the Palace, gardens, fountains, the upcoming city of Caserta, and the nearby mills and agricultural lands with water. The construction of this structure was one of the most important public works done by the Bourbons.
The Royal Palace of Caserta has a vast and magnificent collection of art including furniture, porcelain, paintings, books, and much more. You can look at the different types of furniture the different kings used in their times. There are also different furnishings like automatic organs and chandeliers that definitely are worth a look.
The Royal Apartments
8:30 AM to 7:30 PM (Last admission at 6:45 PM)
Closed on Tuesdays
The Court Theatre
10 AM- 1 PM
Closed Monday through Friday.
The Bosco Vecchio and Via d'Acqua
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (Last entry at 2:30 PM)
Closed on Tuesdays
The English Garden
8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (Last entry at 1:30 PM)
Closed on Tuesdays
While the Royal Palace of Caserta is a year-round destination, it is best that you visit it during the spring and summer months to experience the palace gardens at their utmost magnificence.
Address: Royal Palace of Caserta, Piazza Carlo di Borbone, 81100 Caserta CE, Italy
By Train: Catch the Trenitalia regional train from Napoli Centrale to Piazza Garibaldi station.
By Bus: Hop on a bus from the Naples Central Bus Station at Piazza Garibaldi to Caserta.Directions to Royal Palace of Caserta
There is a book shop located at the entrance of the Royal Palace of Caserta.
Apart from maps and guides, you can also avail books on Luigi Vanvitelli’s works, the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, the Bourbon Dynasty, the city of Caserta and surrounding provinces, and also other famous archeological sites like Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Phlegraean Fields.
There are also merchandise, souvenirs and art and craft products available here. These include reproductions of old prints, calendars, porcelain, collectible dolls with silk clothes from San Leucio, and more.
Address: Bookshop Colonnese Reggia Di Caserta, Viale Giulio Douhet, 2/a, 81100 Caserta CE, Italy
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A. Yes, you can easily book your Royal Palace of Caserta tickets online here.
A. Royal Palace of Caserta ticket prices start at €19.
A. Yes. Children under the age of 17 can enter the palace for free. EU adults aged 18-14 can enjoy discounts on Royal Palace of Caserta tickets. Make sure to carry a valid ID proof.
A. The cancelation policy depends on which Royal Palace of Caserta ticket you have purchased. While some tickets cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled, other tickets can be canceled 24 hours before the experience begins for a full refund. You will have to check your ticket carefully at the time of cancelation.
A. Yes, audio guides are available for rent for the price of €5.
A. Yes, Royal Palace of Caserta skip-the-line tickets are available. You can purchase them online.
A. Yes, you can opt for Royal Palace of Caserta guided tours to learn extensively about the palace's history and architecture as you explore it. You can book your Royal Palace of Caserta tours online.
A. The best way to visit the Royal Palace of Caserta is to make a day trip and catch a train from Naples or even Rome and get off at the Caserta train station. The palace is a 5-minute walk from here. You can get directions to the Royal Palace of Caserta here.
A. During the spring and summer months, the gardens are at their best. This is the best time to visit the Royal Palace of Caserta. Get more information on the opening hours here.
A. Yes, the palace is accessible by wheelchair, along with toilets. You can also avail a wheelchair at the ticket counter.