Italy 2007: The Royal Palace of Caserta

Following the conclusion of the WDAV tour of Scotland, I went on to Italy, where I stayed for a week with my friends the De Piantes in Rome. As in Scotland (and with much better weather), I visited an overwhelming number of magnificent historic sites, but here I will focus on our August 17 trip to the 18th-century Bourbon palace at Caserta, home of the Kings of Naples (subsequently Two Sicilies).

With Andrew De Piante in the Vestibule

In Alexander's Room, in front of the painting by Gennaro Maldarelli (1795-1858) of the abdication in 1759 of King Carlo VII/III (1716-1788) in favor of his third son Ferdinando IV/III/I (1751-1825) in order to become King Carlos III of Spain

Vault of the Mars Room, by Antonio Galliano, depicting Achilles' chariot protected by Mars sweeping Hector away

Vault of the Throne Room, by Gennaro Maldarelli, depicting the ceremony of placing the first stone of the palace on January 20, 1752

The Fountain of the Dolphins, by Gaetano Solomone, in the royal park

Exterior of the palace, from the park

For more photos taken during my visit to Italy, see the following blog entries by Anthony De Piante, the second of which supplements this page:
Santa Maria Della Vittoria (August 19, 2007)
Royal Palace of Caserta (August 19, 2007)
Mugnano de Cardinale (August 19, 2007)
Another Trip to Florence (August 20, 2007)
Museum of Musical Instruments (August 21, 2007)