The "English Garden": British suggestions in the Royal Palace of Caserta

by Gaia Borrelli

The Royal Palace of Caserta always reserves wonders, including the wonderful English Garden.

Green hills, impervious paths, centuries-old trees and unexpected views. It almost feels like you are walking through an enchanted forest or suddenly lost in a painting by John William Waterhouse or William Turner. In fact, there is that romantic air and that atmosphere of fascinating decadence so dear to English painters and poets of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Il Giardino Inglese , Reggia di Caserta
The bath of Venus in the English garden

The English Garden: the first garden "Of landscape" Italian

The English Garden was the first garden "Of landscape" Italian and it was commissioned by Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV, who entrusted the work to the architect Carlo Vanvitelli and the gardener John Andrew Graefer. It is accessed from the side of the fountain of Diana and almost immediately the contrast between the English garden and the Italian one is clear, which substantially predominates within the park of the Royal Palace of Caserta.

As soon as you cross the threshold it seems to be inside the park of an English manor, but this is precisely where the deception lies; its incredible naturalness is completely the result of the ingenuity of its designers and the work of man. In fact, this garden is made up of soft hills, ponds and streams fed by the waters of the Carolino (the aqueduct that dominates the Maddaloni valley).

This is a place full of charm, mostly given by absolutely incredible views like the one given by the view of "Venus bath", where there is a statue depicting Venus, the work of Tommaso Solari, which emerges from a body of water surrounded by trees and plants of the most varied species. The dense vegetation hides another extremely fascinating place, the cryptoporticus, a circular cave with columns and statues that refer to classical antiquity, some in fact coming from Pompeii, others from the Farnese collection. Other suggestive places are the fake ruins of the Doric temple and the circular temple that rises inside a grove called " the maze".

In addition to these romantic failures, however, there are also greenhouses, an English building and an Aperia, which has recently been converted into an open-air theater. This garden certainly exotic and with a whimsical taste, thanks to the great variety of plants it houses, rose in the nineteenth century to the rank of "Royal Botanical Garden of Caserta".

Strolling in the English garden allows you to immerse yourself in a timeless atmosphere, a place that is the fruit of human creativity which, however, has been able to best use and preserve the greatness of nature that welcomes everyone here in a big embrace.

-Gaia Borrelli

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