La Casina Vanvitelliana in Lago Fusaro, Campania, Italy
If I had the money to save a building of all those that I have seen this is the one that I would save.
We saw it for the first time this summer – small, elegant, corroded and propped up; its perfect proportions reflected in the blue green lake as the sun went down.
Campania, Italy, La Casina Vanvitelliana |
Tagged Carlo di Borbone, Carlo Vanvitelli, Caserta, Ferdinand IV, King of Naples, La Casina Vanvitelliana, Lago Fusaro, Luigi Vanvitelli, Napoli, the Archerusian Lake, wedding photography |
The Royal Palace at Caserta
Big is a little word that can’t quite fit all of this palace in. Size is everywhere but still the giant proved hard to find by car.
We knew we’d reached Caserta but even though we were within metres of the palace we couldn’t see it. The area was a strange, any-man’s-land of straight roads and plain buildings.
Campania, Caserta, Italy |
Tagged Bernardo Tanucci, Carlo di Borbone, Carlo Vanvitelli, Caserta, France, Italy, King Ferdinand IV of the House of Bourbon, Louis XIV, Luigi Vanvitelli, Naples, palace, Philip V of Spain, silk, the Sun King, Versailles |
Royal hideaway in Portici, near Naples
It was a warm day and we were on an old road in a corner of what used to be a royal park. It is now university grounds but still has that swish of palaces, intrigue and celebrity at play.
In front of us a smallish red building curved its face to catch views of Vesuvius and the sea. This, we were told, was where the king entertained his mistresses. Instantly the Italian guide had our attention.
Italy, Naples, Places to see in Naples |
Tagged Capodimonte, Capri, Caserta, Flora, Herculaneum, il palazzo reale di Portici, King of Naples, Louis XIV of France, Portici, the Bay of Naples, the Sun King, Versailles, Vesuvius |