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Visitors in Caserta are welcomed by the typical quiet of the past. The ancient part of the town is as still as it was centuries ago and preserves the evidences of its history and art.
When Talking about Caserta and its origins and the Caserta of the Reggia we must keep in mind that we're talking about two different places, the medieval village of Caserta Vecchia ( Old Caserta) (Original name Casa Hirta) and the city of Caserta. Caserta is located in the valley below mount Virgo on top of which we find Caserta Vecchia, therefore the two towns are five miles away from each other. The present city of Caserta did not exist before the Royal Palace was built. The idea for Royal Palace came to Charles III while on a visit to Caserta Vecchia ( In those days it was called Caserta) and he was impressed with the wooded valley at the foot of Mount Virgo and decided to build a palace there to rival Versailles. He commissioned the Italian architect Luigi Vanvitelli and the first stone was laid on June 27 1752. Vanvitelli never saw the completion of the Palace as he died before it was completed, his son Carlo completed the work. And, Charles III never lived there as he was crowned King of Spain before its completion, Ferdinand the IV succeeded him as the Bourbon King of Naples. Eventually the people living in Caserta Vecchia migrated to the new city that was growing around the Royal Palace and the old Caserta was renamed Caserta Vecchia.
Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: Personal knowledge as a native of Caserta
June 11, 2005 change by hpharmsen