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Probably founded by Calicidesi settlers, originating from
Cuma (Neapolis, 5th Century BC), Naples
was annexed to Rome in 326 BC.
The various stages of its history are also represented from
an artistic point of view. Naples was often a true and proper
capital and its civil buildings, show signs of these historic
periods: Castel Nuovo (New Castle) known as Maschio Angioino
(1279-15th Century, with a triumphal arch by F. Laurana),
the Royal Palace of Alfonso...
The S. Carlo Theatre (1737), one of the symbols of the City
and one of the most blessed ‘Italian style’
theatres in all of Europe...
[NAPLES Guide >>]
Benevento, situated on a hill (colle della
Guardia, 135m) between the Sabato and Calore streams, in
the middle of a fertile basin, was the native land of Popes
Vittore III and Gregorio VIII. The earthquake of 1980 gravely
damaged some areas of its historical centre.
A great deal of the origins of old Benevento is evidenced
by a Roman Theatre (dating back to the Adriano era, II Century
AD, but which was restored under Caracalla. It was capable
of accommodating 20,000 spectators) and by the majestic
Triumphal Arch of Traiano dedicated to the Emperor in 114
AD, and which is certified as one of the most important
ancient triumphal arches...
[BENEVENTO Guide >>]
Caserta boasts a very particular history,
which developed in diverse periods and covers two centres.
Caserta Nuova, established around 7km from the old City,
when the Reggia (Royal Palace) was built; Caserta Vecchia
(Old) (401 m above sea level), a picturesque, medieval neighbourhood,
with Longobard origins.
The Royal Palace of Caserta is the most grandiose Italian
Palace, constructed for Carlo VII of Bourbon, King of Naples.
The original project by Luigi Vanvitelli (1750-1751) provided
not only for a Royal Palace and its park, but also the plans
for the new City...
[CASERTA Guide >>]
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