Hotel Caserta Antica, Caserta ***
This three-star Campania hotel is ideally located only two minutes' walk from the charming medieval part of Caserta and is set in a green, unpolluted area on the slopes of the Tifatini hills. The hotel is easily reached; it is 30km from Naples airport and the main north-south A1 motorway. View hotel
Double rooms from €45
Jolly Hotel Caserta, Caserta ****
Lying just a few steps from the famous Royal Palace in Caserta, this Campania hotel is ideally situated for exploring this fascinating part of Italy's south. Caserta is situated just north of Naples (Napoli), and next to a number of beautiful national parks, including the Parco Regionale del Partenio and... View hotel
Double rooms from €56
Novotel Caserta Sud, Capodrise ****
The Novotel Caserta Sud, Capodrise is in the town of Caserta, a short bus or train ride inland north of Naples. Caserta is sometimes known as the Versailles of Naples for its famous Palazzo Reale, a huge royal palace built for a Bourbon king in 1752. View hotel
Double rooms from €63
A strange mixture Caserta, surrounded as it is by a sprawl of factories, warehouses and assorted industry on the fringes of Naples. But the ugly modern outskirts conceal a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the so-called 'Versailles of Naples'. This is the huge 18th century Reggia di Caserta or Palace of Caserta - at its building the largest palace, and probably the largest building, in all Europe. Begun in 1752 for Charles VII of Naples by his architect Luigi Vanvitelli, it was listed by UNESCO in 1996 as being 'the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque, from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multi-directional space'.
The Palace is huge - 120 hectares of formal gardens and sculpted parkland (think the Capability Brown style of naturalistic garden seen in English stately homes). There are a number of Fountains, huge sculptured confections of stone, to Diana, Venus, Ceres and other mythical figures. More prosaically, the Reggia served as Queen Amidala's palace on Naboo in 'The Phantom Menace', and again in 'Attack of the Clones'.
Also ensure you see the old village of Caserta Vecchia, 10km north of the town, and where the Casertese lived until they were uprooted by Charles VII. And Caserta town, which grew up around the Reggia, bears exploration, with some lovely old buildings, and plenty of places to eat and drink. This is Campania, home to the pizza of course, and there are some excellent pizzerie.