Spotting Film Locations at the Royal Palace in Caserta, Italy
There are obvious reasons for visiting the imposing Royal Palace of Caserta, one of the largest buildings to be constructed in Europe in the 18th century. Modeled on Versailles, this royal residence of the Bourbon kings of Naples is one of the most beautiful examples of palatial architecture in Europe. The Italian Baroque design is sumptuous and extravagant, yet balanced with Enlightenment geometry and lines. Over 120 hectares of gardens with fountains, cascades, and sculptures include a straight canal that leads to the horizon and a basin where the goddess Diana bathes as a doomed Actaeon looks on. Much of this will look familiar to you if you saw Star Wars, Mission Impossible, Attack of the Clones, or Angels and Demons; they all used the imperial setting as a film location.