This page contains a much more complete look at our visit to the Palace of Caserta, a place I now consider to be one of the hidden gems of the world of art and architecture.
Caserta is a town not far north of Naples, and also not far from Avellino. Its main claim-to-fame is a huge, wonderful palace: the Royal Palace of Caserta. Built by the Bourbon Monarchy in the 18th century, it is truly a monumental work of art. There are well over one thousand rooms; the ornamental gardens stretch on for kilometres, and the variety and intricacy of the interior decorations are magnificent. It is sometimes referred to as 'the Italian Versailles'.
One of the very nice things about Caserta is that it is not well-known as a tourist destination. As a result, you will likely have a delightful and uncrowded experience when you visit.
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