18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta, with the Park,
the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, 
and the San Leucio Complex (1997)
Italy

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The monumental complex at Caserta, created by the Bourbon king Charles III in the mid-18th century to rival Versailles and the Royal Palace in Madrid, is exceptional for the way in which it brings together a magnificent palace with its park and gardens, as well as natural woodland, hunting lodges and a silk factory. It is an eloquent expression of the Enlightenment in material form, integrated into, rather than imposed on, its natural setting. 

Italy 1973. Death bicentenary of Luigi Vanvitelli. Italy 1952. Bicentenary of the construction of the Caserta Palace. Italy 1995l. Parco delle reggia di Caserta.

Italy 2005. 60th anniversary of the reconstruction of the Province of Caserta.

The monumental complex at Caserta, whilst cast in the same mould as other 18th century royal establishments, is exceptional for the broad sweep of its design, incorporating not only an imposing palace and park, but also much of the surrounding natural landscape and an ambitious new town laid out according to the urban planning precepts of its time. 

The industrial complex of the Belvedere, designed to produce silk, is also of outstanding interest because of the idealistic principles that underlay its original conception and management. 

  • Italy 2005. 60th anniversary of the reconstruction of the Province of Caserta. 

Caserta is a town in southern Italy, capital of Caserta Province, in Campania Region, near Naples. The modern town, Caserta, grew up around a huge 18th-century palace. The old town, Caserta Vecchia, founded in the 9th century, is northeast of Caserta. During World War II, Caserta served as a Mediterranean headquarters of the Allied forces, and the surrender of the German forces in Italy was signed here on April 29, 1945. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Italy (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Italy for further information about such sites. 

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