Looking at the Campania coast, from whatever point of view, there is a feeling of exuberance, both natural and human, that is without equal.
    Everything seems combining a mix of varieties that naturally and spontaneously inspires the desire to portray what you see.
    Will also be for this reason that the Neapolitan landscape produced a real painting movement.
    The word "picturesque", in fact, is perfectly suited to express what is perceived everywhere.
    What is surprising, especially, is the extraordinary monumental work in the many millennia of human history, and contemporaneously the vitality and the proximity of the same human presence that is felt around.
    The result is an effect of total involvement, of richness and heat as a celebration.
    The profusion of wonders is so big that it cannot be perceived as a rational succession within a route, but can only be enjoyed as a structured unity of human and natural together.
    From the sea, which reserves views of memorable and celebrated beauty, immortalized by the greatest landscape painters, up to the gigantic and porous prominence of the Vesuvius, a historical continuity and artistic, natural and human, leads us into a maelstrom of beauty and stunning delight.
    So, the vision of the dazzling baroque splendor, the amazing journey through time among the ruins of Pompeii, by listening to sounds of ancient yet original inspiration, up to taste unique and overwhelming flavors.
    You can only let involve, then, by stimuli from all over that come here, under the gaze of invisible yet pervasive millennial spirits of this land, to experience and understand fully what it represents the triumph of the senses.

Between sea and Vesuvius
Positano (SA) - View of the coast

The Royal Palace of Caserta

    Wanted by Charles III of Bourbon , the Royal Palace of Caserta is one of the grandest residences in the world, declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
    The project, in 1751, is the masterpiece of Luigi Vanvitelli , who conceived a central body of colossal proportions, covering an area of 47,000 square feet, 250 meters wide and high up to 42 meters.
    The intentions of the architect also included four corner towers and a monumental dome to crown the central vestibulum: his death and the continuation by his son Charles have made impossible the completion.
    Outside, the huge Royal Park , which stretches for 3 km in length, on a surface of about 120 hectares.
    From the center of the rear facade of the building, branch out two long parallel avenues, among which a series of magnificent fountains (fed by the extraordinary Carolino Aqueduct ) is placed, linking the elaborate Italian garden with the beautiful English garden.
    The interiors are unfolded for 1200 rooms, illuminated by 1790 windows that open, as well as on the facades, on four large courtyards.
    At the center of the long corridor with three naves, running through the palace from north to south, you reach the monumental Honor Staircase, which climbs to 117 steps, up to the central atrium.
    From here you access to real rooms that are divided into the Old Apartment (eighteenth century) and the New Apartment (early nineteenth century).
    The first one represents a triumph of artistic Neapolitan handicraft late Baroque and Rococo, in which there is a succession of rooms with frescoes depicting the four seasons and richly decorated lounges.
    In the second one, from the Halls of Halberdiers and of Bodyguards, you reach the hall of Alexander the Great, and then the imposing Throne Room, with a series of adjacent areas of representation, furnished in Empire style, in a profusion of frescoes, gold, marble and stucco.
    Everywhere, the silk coverings coming from the famous Factory of San Leucio , built by Ferdinand IV.
    Inside the building are also placed the monumental Palatine Chapel , the Royal Library , with more than 10,000 books finely bound, and the sophisticated Court Theatre , whose scene can be opened directly onto the gardens.

The Royal Palace of Caserta
Naples - Maschio Angioino
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