Cesare De Seta. Texts by Gianni Guadalupi
2000 / 156 PAGES.
Language: Three editions: Italian, French, English
This volume centres on Charles of Bourbon’s jewel in the crown, which was declared a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Site in 1997. The royal palace and ancient town of Caserta are presented here accompanied by their history.
A majestic residence designed and built by the architect Vanvitelli, nestled between woods and marvellous fountains in the heart of Campania felix, the origins of the Royal Palace of Caserta lie in the autocratic and centralist ambitions of Charles of Bourbon who, upon conquering the throne of Naples, wished to boast a suburban Versailles equal to that of his French cousins. Gianni Guadalupi and Cesare de Seta describe Caserta and its monuments, letting the palace and its gardens, Casertavecchia and its cathedral, take shape piece by piece, page by page, unfolding before the reader’s very eyes.