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Another place that is rarely shown on TE - Reggia in Caserta, UNESCO Heritage Site.

The Royal Palace of Caserta (Italian: Reggia di Caserta [ˈrɛddʒa di kaˈzɛrta; kaˈsɛrta]) is a former royal residence in Caserta, southern Italy, constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples. It is one of the largest palaces erected in Europe during the 18th century. In 1997, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its nomination described it 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". In terms of volume, the Royal Palace of Caserta is the largest royal residence in the world with over 2 million m³ and covering an area of about 235,000 m² .The palace has 5 floors, 1,200 rooms, including two dozen state apartments, a large library, and a theatre modelled after the Teatro San Carlo of Naples.

ww came to Caserta from Pozzuli. One can go by train from Napoli Cantrale, one hour. more or less. When we came in the early evening, the palace was closed (because of Tuesday). We walked around the town, which is rather small, we wanted to eat something. But strange, at six o'clock all reastaurants were already closed. We experienced it earlier in Pozzuoli and Paestum. Only cafes with sweets were open. Where Italians eat supper?? Finally we went to supermarket and prepared something in the hotel. Caserta is away of most popular tourists route and it has good sides. We had a junior suit in four stars hotel near the palace, with good breakfast, for 55 euro, quite reasonable.
The next day we went to see the interior of the palace. We didn't like it specially, it was too monumental. It is modeled after Versailles but it reminded me rather Escorial. Here on the picture you see the Grand Staircase of Honour. The view of the facade and a throne room I will show as WS.
Fortunately not all of the 1200 rooms can be visited. But quite a lot. :)

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The facade of the palace.

The throne room

For film fans:

The Caserta Palace has been used as a filming location in a number of movie productions. In 1967 it served as an US Army Headquarters in the movie, Anzio with Robert Michum.

The palace featured in Beautiful But Dangerous, starring Gina Lollobrigida, in 1955 and in the opening scenes of the film Anzio from 1968, starring Robert Mitchum. In 1997 it served as a filming location for Star Wars, 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 Jamillia'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. Mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli used the palace as the primary location for the film L'art des castrats that accompanies her album Sacrificium, dedicated to the music written for the castrato singers of the baroque period.

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