The Royal Gardens of Caserta are among the places immersed in nature recreated by man better cared for every little detail that you will ever visit. Designed and built by Luigi Vanvitelli, the gardens were strongly desired by Queen Maria Caroline of Austria, the wife of King Ferdinand IV.
Luigi Vanvitelli was helped for the realization of the project by the English gardener John Andrew Graefer: For this very reason, the Royal gardens are known all over the world as a splendid example of English gardens.
The history of the Royal Gardens of Caserta
Queen Maria Carolina spent all her fortune for the realisation of the Royal gardens. His intent was to obscure the fame of the Petit Trianon of Versailles, which had been wanted by Queen Marie Antoinette of France, the sister of Maria Carolina.
This garden extends for about 24 hectares of pure factor of nature. To achieve this, many workers were employed: begun in 1785, construction lasted very little time. There is almost nothing "natural": every pond, canal, Hill, everything you will encounter during a walk is designed by man.
The royal gardens were and are currently water-powered by the famous Carole Aqueduct, one of the most scenic and important constructions of the past.
Between orange groves and follies: Here's what you can see
In addition to the orange groves and the cultivation of specific plants, we can admire many follies: the latter was an English fashion that was conquering Europe. The follies were reserved for the pastimes of the royals, the small niches in which to relax and regenerate in contact with nature.
In the nineteenth century, the royal gardens were used as a real botanical garden of Caserta, thanks to the expert knowledge of botanists Gussone and Taheri.
Carlo Vanvitelli was very careful to realize the project of the gardens. Inside, there is a grove, which is normally called the Labyrinth. Here there is a pond of water lilies; Besides the latter, one can admire two areas of dense vegetation, alternating the typical characteristics of the nineteenth century, of romantic mould.
We can find a temple, of which there are now only remnants: a curiosity about it is that the columns used to support the temple were granite and came from the ruins of Pompeii.
We advise you to visit the Bath of Venus and the Cryptoporticus
Another purely scenic and spectacular place of the Royal Gardens is the Cryptoporticus. It is a place where you can relive a kind of fake "Roman ruin": In fact, it was built precisely with this intent. The goal was to grant the guests of the royals to deepen the Roman city. A very romantic place, which accentuates the perfection of the gardens.
At the end of your exploration, we advise you to head to the Bath of Venus. Here is a marble statue of Carrara, made by Tommaso Solari, which describes in a perfect way the scene in which Venus comes out of the water. There is also a small waterfall.
Visiting the Royal Gardens in one day is completely impossible, because there are so many treasures that lurk inside.