Caserta it has always been associated with its palace which, as it was in the wishes of King Charles of Bourbon, has become its fulcrum. City of ancient origins, dating back to the Samnite era and passed under Norman rule, it saw its maximum splendor in the Bourbon age when, in Vanvitelli's architectural projects, it should have become an ideal city in competition with the great European capitals of the time. Rich in history, churches and monuments, it is one of the most sought after destinations by international tourism and offers the possibility of a very varied stay. Only for the Palace of Caserta you need at least a whole day, half if you only visit the main rooms and if you decide to move to the nearby villages too, Caserta becomes the ideal destination for a beautiful Italian weekend.
- 10 things to see in Caserta in a weekend
- What to see in Caserta in 1 or 2 days: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Caserta: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Caserta
- Plan your stay in Caserta: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Caserta in a weekend
1 - Royal Palace of Caserta
Built by King Charles of Bourbon and designed in the second half of the th century by the famous architect and engineer Luigi Vanvitelli, it is the symbol of the city and one of the most important monuments in Italy. Impossible to visit in a single day, if you have little time available you can try to visit at least the most important points: the historic apartments, the park and the English gardens. Inside the palace you can visit the floor intended for Royal Family, the State Rooms (richly decorated in neoclassical style such as the Sala degli Alabardieri, the Sala dei Marmi, the Nineteenth Century Hall, the Antechambers of Mars and Astrea and the Throne Room, 40 meters long) and the Old Apartment (of sumptuous Rococo architecture for the Stanze delle Stagioni, Maria Carolina's apartment and the Palatine library and the picture gallery). On the outside, the park it is crossed by a dense network of avenues adorned with niches, statues, fountains and water features. For the design of the parterre, Vanvitelli got help from the famous French gardener Martin Biancour. At the end of the park, near the Fountain of Diana and Atteone and the waterfall, the English garden, a series of hills, meadows, crypts, ponds and canals covering an area of 24 hectares. One of the most suggestive corners of the garden is certainly the Venus bath, a statue in Carrara marble on the surface of the water by Solari, which represents the famous goddess in an intimate moment.
- from the center of Caserta, the Royal Palace is only 700 meters away on foot in less than 10 minutes, while from the train station there is a convenient underpass that leads to the gardens and the entrance to via Douhet is only 5 minutes away. Get directions
- every day from 8:30 to 19:00 - closed on Tuesdays
- apartments, park and entire garden € 12,00; reduced € 6,00; under 18 free - only apartments full price € 9,00; reduced € 4,50; under 18 free - reggiatwodays (available only in the afternoon) full € 15,00; apartments only € 3,00 - reggiaday (available only in the afternoon) full price € 8,00; reduced € 4,00; under 18 free.
- Entrance ticket to the Royal Palace of Caserta
2 - Belvedere San Leucio Palace
Belvedere San Leucio is a monumental complex of the nineteenth century commissioned by Charles of Bourbon King of Naples and considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Expanded over the years, it was used as a leisure, entertainment and starting point for the King's hunting expeditions. Parallel to this use, the agricultural vocation was improved and the textile one expanded, with a part of the complex entirely dedicated to silk. The view from the balcony in front of the Royal Palace is beautiful, which seems to touch despite being five kilometers away.
- from Caserta station it is 6 km away, about 16 minutes by car or bus line 106 of the CLP urban service Get directions
- in winter every day from 9:00 to 18:00 - closed on Tuesdays. Summer every day from 9:30 to 18:00
- full € 6,00 - reduced € 3,00
3 - Silk Museum
From the 1778, the Casino Reale del Belvedere was slowly transformed into a spinning mill turning the structure to the necessary use, having looms built for silk and calling the most expert craftsmen who over time trained a real small army of weavers. Over the years, the families of those who worked at the spinning mill also settled near the Belvedere, creating a real colony that came to have 214 inhabitants. The silks of Caserta became famous in all the European Royal Houses.
- from Caserta station it is 6 km away, about 16 minutes by car or bus line 106 of the CLP urban service Get directions
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- full € 6,00 - reduced € 3,00. The entrance ticket to the Palace is valid, but the visit to the museum must be booked at (0039) 0823301817
4 - Casertavecchia
Medieval village which is only 4 km from Caserta, since 1960 it has been an Italian National Monument and a highly sought after tourist destination the beauty of the Cathedral, the bell tower and the remains of the castle. The Cathedral, consecrated to San Michele Arcangelo, was built in 1113 in Romanesque style and with an imposing bell tower of 32 meters high on the side. The castle dates back to 879 and was first built for residential purposes, then fortified with four towers and a moat. The "Settembre al Borgo" festival takes place in September, with cultural shows, concerts and street food.
- from the railway station the village can be reached by car or by bus. Autolinee CLP line n ° 110 Get directions
- the Cathedral is always accessible, the Castle, on the other hand, cannot be visited internally
5 - Carolino Aqueduct, Maddaloni Valley
This massive engineering work designed by Vanvitelli in 1753, was commissioned by Charles of Bourbon to improve the quality of life of the subjects and of all agricultural and artisan activities in the entire area. The water system started from the sources of Mount Taburno and the conduit, entirely buried except for the section on the Maddaloni Valley, continued for a linear development of 38 km up to the palace. A branch of the pipeline was used to feed the rotone of the spinning mill of Palazzo Belvedere in San Leucio while other branches of the aqueduct carried water to the neighboring villages. To cross the challenging Valle di Maddaloni a bridge of 529 meters with three orders of arches resting on 44 pillars was built, again by Vanvitelli. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, today it is beautifully preserved and can be admired from the foot of the valley.
- the valley is about 12 km away in 25 minutes by car from the train station, or by train in just 11 minutes at a cost of € 1,10. Get directions
- always accessible
6 - Planetarium
Beautiful planetarium that also houses a small museum on five rooms, organizes guided tours and shows. It often opens free of charge for associations and schools and offers educational activities to bring children closer to the world of astronomy. During the shows, the narration is always live and it is possible to ask questions and interact with the staff in charge.
- in Piazza Ungaretti, it can be easily reached on foot from the station in about 15 minutes on foot or by CLP bus lines n ° 101, 102 and 107 in about 10 minutes. Get directions
- for the new season the timetables are being scheduled. Please contact email@example.com
- full € 7,00 - reduced € 5,00 - under 4 free
7 - Bosco San Silvestro
Once a royal hunting reserve, the San Silvestro wood is now an environmental center and Oasis of the WWF. Born with the aim of educating to an eco-sustainable and respectful tourism, it hosts various structures suitable for the stay and proposes guided thematic itineraries, organizes conferences, seminars, refresher courses, book presentations, exhibitions and concerts, always respecting the 'environment.
- in San Leucio, reachable by bus CLP n ° 106 from the train station or in 10 minutes by car for about 5 km northwards. Get directions
- accessible only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays - in winter from 11:00 to 15:00; in summer from 10:00 to 18:00
- full € 10,00 - under 6 free - WWF members free
8 - Hermitage of San Vitalino
In Casola, not far from Casertavecchia, this Hermitage was built by San Vitalino in the th but renovated several times over the centuries. Today it looks like a medieval church well preserved surrounded by nature and silence.
- Casola is about 13 km from Caserta station and can be reached by car in just 15 minutes or by bus CLP bus line 110 in about 25 minutes.
- accessible only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10:30 to 13:30
9 - Cathedral of S. Michele Arcangelo
Completed in 1842 in neoclassical style, after suffering serious damage during the Second World War, the cathedral of Caserta was renovated and modified several times during the second half of the 900th century, until it presents itself as it is today. A beautiful staircase leads to the entrance with three portals and three naves and inside it houses some valuable paintings. To the left of the Duomo, the small Chapel of San Giovanni and it is one of the oldest religious structures in the city. Built in the th century, it houses one of the most beautiful altars of the Vanvitellian school and is made of Carrara marble.
- in Piazza Duomo, about 1 km from the station, which can be reached on foot in 15 minutes or in 5 minutes by bus n ° 107 of the CLP Autolinee Get directions
- always accessible
10 - Capuan Amphitheater
Lovely Roman amphitheater, built by Augustus and renovated by Hadrian in 119, was devastated over the centuries by various incursions by barbarians and Saracens. The imposing structure also included a building used as a school for gladiators, where, in 73 BC, the famous revolt led by Spartacus. After the Colosseum it is the largest Roman amphitheater in the world.
- in Santa Maria Capua Vetere, about 15 km from the train station which can be reached in 20 minutes by car, half an hour by bus CLP line 1, or 32 minutes by train at a cost of € 1,20. Get directions
- openings and closings vary according to the months. It is advisable to inquire through the site polomusealecampania.beniculturali.it
- full € 2,50 (Museum + Amphitheater + Mithraeum + Gladiator Museum)
What to see in Caserta in 1 or 2 days: recommended itinerary
To visit Caserta in one day, it is necessary to plan that at least half a day must be occupied with the visit of the most important points of the Palace. Considering that the building opens to the public quite early (at 8:30), we can hypothesize an itinerary that starts from here in the morning. After the ticket office, the imposing staircase in Carrara marble leads to the visit of the apartments, starting from the halls of the Halberdiers. You can continue the itinerary by crossing the Throne and Guard rooms, those of Alexander, Mars, Astrea and Murat's private rooms. Continuing you will arrive at the Court Theater and the Royal Library. Having visited the apartments, taking into account that you are inside at least an hour and a half, you can go out on the park go along the avenue up to the Fountain of Diana and Atteone and continue towards the English garden. Beware of fatigue because the park and gardens are immense and we recommend the use of bicycles that can be rented inside or electric trains. As for lunch, it is advisable to have something to eat during the visit. There is a bar with a self-service lounge, a kiosk near the English Garden and a restaurant near the waterfall (upon reservation to be made at the bar which also manages this restaurant). But the best solution is to have a packed lunch in the large park, perhaps sheltering from the sun under a tree.
After lunch you can start the afternoon by walking towards the Cathedral of San Michele Arcangelo and the baby Chapel of San Giovanni, and then head towards the Monumental Complex of San Leucio by car or bus. Here you can, as well as enjoy the view, visit the palace and the royal silk factory taking into account, however, that the visit to the museum must be booked in advance. From the San Leucio hill, there are 9 kilometers to get to Casertavecchia to admire the castle, the Cathedral and the magnificent bell tower and another 19 to reach the only non-buried part of the Carolino aqueduct. From the foot of the Valle di Maddaloniin fact, you can admire all the 529 meters of the engineering work by Vanvitelli, one of the most important of the eighteenth century. The afternoon is drawing to a close and fatigue certainly deserves the reward of a good restaurant to taste the typical dishes of the area and a nice glass of Asprino di Aversa DOC.
After dinner, Caserta awaits the tourist with its clubs and pubs, but if you decide to also do nightlife, it would be better to divide the proposed itinerary over two days.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at - Premiata Pasticceria Cirillo, 550 meters from the entrance to the palace coming from the hotel area (Get directions). It offers everything you would expect from a high-level pastry shop: brioches, pastries, chocolate, traditional sweets but also savory. Top breakfast.
- Halls of the Reggia - opening hours: every day from 8:30 to 19:00 - closed on Tuesdays - ticket price: apartments, park and entire garden € 12,00; reduced € 6,00; under 18 free - only apartments full price € 9,00; reduced € 4,50; under 18 free - reggiatwodays (available only in the afternoon) full € 15,00; apartments only € 3,00 - reggiaday (available only in the afternoon) full price € 8,00; reduced € 4,00; under 18 free.
- Parco della Reggia - opening hours: every day from 8:30 to 19:00 - closed on Tuesdays - ticket price: apartments, park and entire garden € 12,00; reduced € 6,00; under 18 free - only apartments full price € 9,00; reduced € 4,50; under 18 free - reggiatwodays (available only in the afternoon) full € 15,00; apartments only € 3,00 - reggiaday (available only in the afternoon) full price € 8,00; reduced € 4,00; under 18 free.
- English Garden - opening hours: every day from 8:30 to 19:00 - closed on Tuesdays - ticket price: apartments, park and entire garden € 12,00; reduced € 6,00; under 18 free - only apartments full price € 9,00; reduced € 4,50; under 18 free - reggiatwodays (available only in the afternoon) full € 15,00; apartments only € 3,00 - reggiaday (available only in the afternoon) full price € 8,00; reduced € 4,00; under 18 free.
- Lunch bag
- Duomo - opening hours: always accessible ticket price: free
- Palazzo Belvedere San Leucio - opening hours: winter every day from 9:00 to 18:00 - closed on Tuesdays. Summer every day from 9:30 to 18:00 - ticket cost: full € 6,00 - reduced € 3,00
- Casertavecchia - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Maddaloni Valley - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Dinner at - Agriturismo Miravalle (Get directions)
Where to eat in Caserta: the best restaurants
- Locanda Battisti: simple town restaurant, offers fresh fish dishes with an excellent quality / price ratio. A stone's throw from the palace
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: via Battisti, 97 Get directions tel: (0039) 0823322757
- Miravalle farmhouse: local products and many of their own production, generous portions and good prices for this simple farmhouse where the staff is friendly and the atmosphere relaxed.
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: via Cossa, 14 - Valle di Maddaloni Get directions tel: (0039) 3381946145
- Antica Hostaria Massa: historic and renowned restaurant throughout Caserta, offers excellent dishes and prices in line with the market. Good wine selection.
Average price per person: € 35,00
Address and contacts: via Mazzini, 55 Get directions tel: (0039) 0823456527
- The Masanielli: in the top ten of the best Italian pizzerias, this restaurant offers many variations, from classic to more elaborate ones. Friendly environment and great selection of wines and beers. Average price per person: € 35,00 Address and contacts: via Douhet, 11 Get directions tel: (0039) 08231540786
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Caserta
Caserta has been offering for some time now clubs of all kinds. The most crowded area after dinner is that of the streets of the center, where thousands of young people from all over the province go from one place to another, especially in the summer. The municipality and local associations often organize events. The nearby Aversa is also very famous for its nightlife.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- History: disco for commercial music evenings and themed parties. The outdoor park with swimming pool and bar is beautiful. Address: via SS Sannitica, 85 Get directions - Facebook page
- Gran Caffè Margherita: nice bar in the center, a meeting place to start the evenings with aperitifs and cocktails. Tables also outside. Address: piazza Dante Get directions - Facebook page
- Clurican Irish Pub: pub with a good selection of beers and a small kitchen for quick meals. Address: via Clanio Get directions - Facebook page
Plan your stay in Caserta: info and useful tips
- the nearest airport is Naples Capodichino which connects the main Italian and European cities with daily flights. Caserta is about 35 km away by bus of the EAV line in 35 minutes at a cost of € 2,00. If you arrive by car, from Naples it takes 40 minutes to travel the 37 km of the E45 northbound; from Rome it is about 2 hours for 200 km on the E45 southbound; from Bari it is about 3 hours for 270 km on the A14 to the entrance to the E842 towards Avellino-Caserta. If you decide to leave by bus, the Flixbus and Duemari bus lines connect the main capitals with fares starting from € 29,99
- Getting around: if you decide to stay alone in Caserta to visit the palace, maybe in two days, you can easily walk around; even the center is not too dispersive and you can walk well. The buses of the CLP bus lines connect the main points of interest with frequent runs at a price of € 1,50 per ticket. The localities in the immediate vicinity can be reached in a short time by car or by bus of the EAV and CLP lines with fares starting from € 2,00 per trip.
- Where to park: in via Isonzo 2, in the station area, the Vivaldi car park is very convenient due to its proximity to the palace and access to bus connections (Get directions). Park San Carlo, in via S.Carlo 106, is more central and allows easy access to the streets of the historic center (Get directions). Both car parks offer rates from € 1,00 per hour.
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 44,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: not even 40 minutes by car, Naples is a possible day trip. If you leave Caserta in the morning and return in the evening, it will be possible to visit many important sites of the Campania capital, perhaps facilitated by a tour in Sighseeing, stop for lunch for the famous pizza and go shopping in the streets of the center. Furthermore, from the port of Naples Beverello, ferries and hydrofoils leave for Ischia every 20 minutes. Many shipping companies guarantee the service and it is easy to find a place on board even without having booked in advance. The crossing takes 50 minutes and the cost starts from € 21,00. Park San Carlo is less than an hour away by car and it is also possible to go hiking on Vesuvius. Local travel agencies, specialized sites and the receptions of many hotels, organize excursions with rates starting from € 100,00.