The city of Caserta embodies a truly precious historical, artistic, and architectural heritage: from the Reggia to the Acquedotto Carolino, the San Leucio Belvedere, and the charming Borgo di Casertavecchia.
Find new ideas for your next trip and plan a weekend trip with Italo to Caserta, the city of the Royal Palace, and discover with our guide how to visit it in one day. In Caserta, besides the Reggia, you can marvel at many wonders, including buildings and works considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the San Leucio Belvedere Palace and the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli. Are you ready to learn about Caserta’s rich history, admire its monuments and churches, spend an evening among the nightlife, and enjoy its gastronomic delights?
Here are ten things to do and see in Caserta:
- Reggia di Caserta: The Royal Palace and Gardens
- The Belvedere San Leucio Monumental Complex
- The Aqueduct of Vanvitelli or Caroline Aqueduct
- Caserta’s old town: The original Medieval Settlement and Cathedral of San Michele Arcangelo
- Hermitage of San Vitaliano
- A walk in the San Silvestro Forest
- What to eat in Caserta
- What to do in the evenings: nightlife spots and the best clubs
- To Caserta with Italo
1. Reggia di Caserta (the Caserta Royal Palace)
Caserta is world-famous because it is home to the beautiful Royal Palace, and as your first mandatory destination, we recommend a visit to the splendid Royal Mansion, which is located at the entrance to the city center and is directly connected to the train station. The Royal Palace of Caserta is a complex built by the House of Bourbon to compete with the lavish Palace of Versailles.
Start your visit early in the morning, and set out to admire the various rooms and the majesty of the grand staircase with Carrara marble lions, the libraries, the royal rooms with Louis XVI-style furniture, and paintings of historical and artistic interest.
Once you have finished the tour of the interior, go outside the building to the Royal Park: in a few minutes, you will first reach the Castelluccia, a place that served as a recreation for kings and their guests, and then the Great Fishpond, with its swans and central islet. After this essential visit, keep walking, rejoin the main avenue, and head for the Fontana Di Eolo, which marks the entrance to the most scenic part of the park. Don’t miss a visit to the English Garden, the Bath of Venus and the Cryptoporticus.
The Royal Palace of Caserta is open every day from 8.30 am to 7.00 pm and is closed on Tuesdays.
The cost of the full ticket for the apartments, the park and the whole garden is €18; reduced admission for eligible categories is €6 and admission is free for under-18s. For the apartments only, the full ticket costs €14; reduced admission for eligible categories is €4.50 and admission is free for under-18s. The “reggiatwodays” ticket can only be purchased in the afternoon and the cost of the full ticket is €15 and €3 for the apartments only. The “reggiaday” ticket can only be purchased in the afternoon; the cost of the full ticket is €8, the reduced ticket for eligible categories costs €4 and admission is free for under-18s.
2. The Belvedere San Leucio Monumental Complex
After the first stop at the Royal Palace, we recommend you head for the Belvedere San Leucio; it’s located about six km away, and you can reach it by bus in just over 15 minutes. San Leucio is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site ; it’s a monumental complex built in the nineteenth century at the behest of Charles of Bourbon, King of Naples. It was used as a place of leisure and entertainment, as well a base for the King’s hunting trips. In the mid-18th century, this Bourbon Royal Residence housed a silk factory. Not to be missed, the beautiful view from the balcony in front of the Palace with a view that extends from Caserta to Mount Vesuvius. On clear days, you can also see the islands of Ischia and Capri. Sites highly worth visiting: the beautiful Italian garden, the royal apartments and the weaver’s house.
Here, you can also buy beautiful handmade silks. The Royal Seteria of San Leucio still houses the machinery of the time when silkworms were bred and precious silks were woven.
The Palazzo Belvedere San Leucio is open in winter every day from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm and closes on Tuesdays. In summer, it is open every day from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm. The cost of the full ticket is €6, reduced admission for eligible categories is €3.
3. The Aqueduct of Vanvitelli or Caroline Aqueduct
As a third stop, we recommend you take a regional train from Caserta station and in just 11 minutes you reach the splendid Caroline Aqueduct of Vanvitelli built by Charles of Bourbon to ensure an abundant water supply to the Palace of Caserta for the internal needs and to feed all the fountains and water features.
The majestic monumental tuff structure has three orders of arches and rises to 60 meters; lengthwise, it stretches over 500 meters. The entire aqueduct runs for a length of 38 km, with some canal bridges such as the Charles III Bridge in Moiano, which crosses the Isclero River, and the Valley Bridge in Durazzano.
The Caroline Aqueduct is a magnificent work of hydraulic engineering and is still considered one of the most significant structures built by the House of Bourbon. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, today it is beautifully preserved, and you can always admire it from the valley floor without any charge.
4. Caserta’s old town: The original Medieval Settlement and Cathedral of San Michele Arcangelo
As a fourth destination, we recommend you visit the fortified medieval village of Casertavecchia, which is about ten kilometers from the city. You can reach it with buses that depart every hour from the train station. Visit the village’s outdoor terraces that offer a beautiful overview of the city, with views of the Vanvitellian Palace, Mount Vesuvius and the islands of the Bay of Naples. In this magical place, you can take a lunch break thanks to the many restaurants that offer typical cuisine based on the excellent produce of the upper Caserta region. After lunch, head for the center and admire the beautiful Cathedral dating back to 1100.
Visit the magnificent Church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, the three naves in the Romanesque-Gothic style, and Bishop’s Square.
In short, Casertavecchia is a real journey into the past in an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. A truly unique experience amidst history and art, craft stores, the scents of nature, and culinary wonders that will delight you.
The Catherdral is always accessible free of charge.
5. The Planetarium
A somewhat unusual but very inspiring destination we recommend is a visit to the beautiful Planetarium. From Caserta station, you can easily walk there in 15 minutes. Visit the small museum distributed in five rooms, book a guided tour and watch the many shows. This facility was designed to promote educational activities and bring children closer to the world of astronomy. During the performances, the narration is always live, and it is possible to ask questions and interact with the staff in charge.
The cost of the full ticket is €7; reduced admission for eligible categories is €5 and children under four years of age enter for free.
6. Hermitage of San Vitaliano
The sixth destination is the splendid Hermitage of San Vitaliano; it’s only 20 minutes by bus from Caserta station. If you visit this Medieval Church built by St. Vitalian in the 8th century, you can admire the interior and the bell tower built in a simple yet elegant style that lends elegance to the structure. Here, you will be surprised by the natural surroundings and pervasive silence.
Visotrs can enter the Hermitageof San Vitaliano with no charge only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.
7. A walk in the San Silvestro Forest
For a walk immersed in nature, our seventh proposal is the Bosco di San Silvestro. A former royal hunting reserve, today it’s an environmental center and Italian WWF Oasis. This park hosts a number of facilities where you can enjoy the greenery and guided thematic tours, conferences, seminars, refresher courses, book presentations, exhibitions and concerts.
The San Silvestro forest is only accessible on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays – in winter from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm and in summer from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. The cost of the full ticket is €10; admission is free for children under six and WWF members.
8. What to eat in Caserta
Your stay in Caserta will also be an amazing journey through the aromas and flavors of the local cuisine, which draws on ancient recipes and the influence of diverse Southern Italian peoples over the ages. The Caserta restaurants offer typical dishes of Caserta and Campania cuisine such as Pettolelle with beans Caserta, Frittelle with anchovies, Shrimp Vesuviana and the inevitable Pizza in the five pizzerias of Caserta not to be missed, but also gourmet dishes between modernity and tradition. You really have a lot of choice.
Caserta, however, is also the home of famous cheeses Mozzarella di Bufala DOP and Ricotta di Bufala Campana, which you absolutely must taste. Thanks to the climate, in Caserta you can also find excellent wines and buy excellent local olive oil.
9. Evening entertainment: nightlife spots and the best clubs
In Caserta, you must try the nightlife options offered by clubs of all kinds. After dinner, head for the busiest downtown streets, where you will find crowds of young people from all over the province and enjoy club-crawling with your favorite drinks!
Interestingly, the municipality and associations of Caserta often organize events, and nearby Aversa is also very renowned for nightlife.
10. To Caserta with Italo
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