2h13min – 237km
The Royal Palace and its park, the two unparalleled splendor jewelry, have been included in the World Heritage List in 1997.Progettata in the eighteenth century by Luigi Vanvitelli, commissioned by Charles III, the Royal Palace, which is the triumph Baroque Italian, is one of the most important works of the famous architect from Naples: you will be enchanted by the beauty of the interior and the exterior magnificence!
The sumptuous palace is an ideal mix of original and two other royal residences: the Royal Palace of Versailles and the Palace of the Escorial; the Palatine Chapel is certainly the environment that most of all show the similarity with Versailles. All the structure is crowned by a large central dome. The most scenic parts of the palace are probably the atrium together and the grand staircase d ‘honor and the chapel. Remarkable is also the court theater but also the other areas are exceptionally old beauty. In the apartment is exposed Bourbon crib, great passion of the noble family from which sprang the Neapolitan tradition known for the preparation of the Nativity. Also impressive are the rooms dedicated to the four seasons.
An integral part of the majesty and beauty of the Palace is the park, consisting of fountains and waterfalls.
The park is a typical example of Italian garden, built with vast lawns, squared flowerbeds and, above all, a triumph of water games; pools, fountains and waterfalls, decorated with large sculptural groups. The result is a spectacular effect of great impact that reaches its climax in the Great Waterfall. The park extends to the top of the hill in front of the palace, where an English garden is the setting for a stroll among exotic plants.
Singular is finally the fact that the English Garden, less symmetrical than Italian, was commissioned by Maria Carolina of Austria and there were planted many native and exotic plants, including some beautiful cedars of Lebanon. Together with the Royal Palace and its park, the Unesco included in the World Heritage List also the Aqueduct, always designed by Luigi Vanvitelli and the nearby complex of San Leucio.