You have certainly heard of the Royal Palace of Caserta, more famous as Reggia, a monumental complex created by King Charles III of Bourbon in the mid-18th century, with the intention of rivaling in magnificence the Palace of Versailles in France and the Royal Palace of Madrid.
The Royal Palace of Caserta is exceptional in the way the magnificent palace blends with its park and gardens, as well as the stunning natural woods, hunting lodges and silk factory.
Based on a project by the famous architect Luigi Vanvitelli, the royal palace is entirely surrounded by a beautiful park, with huge pools, fountains, artificial waterfalls, states, Italian and English gardens.
Less known, but no less interesting for this, is the complex of San Leucio in Caserta, which was transformed by King Ferdinand IV of Bourbon into a silk mill. The intention was to create a community of workers, who were guaranteed homes, schools, medical care and all services. The huge building complex, arranged around the internal courtyards, has become the symbol of a model society based on the value of work and equality.
Finally, the Vanvitelli aqueduct (Caroline Aqueduct) is an astonishing engineering work that provides an extraordinary infrastructure, serving not only the palace, gardens and future capital of the kingdom, but also the mills, ironworks and manufacturing industries located along its path.