Caserta is a city in Campania. Its main attraction is the world heritage listed Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace). During Italian summer holidays it can get quite packed. During the rest of the year it is a sleepy town.
There are regular trains running from and to Naples and Rome.
CPTC buses serve Caserta among other bus companies.
You'll see everyone on a moped, and sometimes 3-5 people on a single one. Driving can be a bit of a nightmare for the faint of heart, as well.
Walking should be fine, like in most places in Italy.
- Palazzo Reale (also called La Reggia) (It's just opposite the train station). Palace: 8:30-19:30 (year round), Garden: 8:30-18:00 (June to August, closes earlier during the other months), Monday closed. It is one of the largest palaces in Europe. Sometimes it is compared to Versaille, mainly due to the garden architecture. The toilet on the ground floor of the palace might be worth a visit, as well as the tourist office in the palace. In the garden there's a bus that takes you up and down the garden (1€ return). Entrance: €12 including garden.
Local farmer goods. The artichokes they sell on the side of the road may look suspicious to you, but they're delicious. You can get fresh mozarella, vegetables, and bread daily too. Consider buying some of this for lunch.
There are plenty of local, family restaurants that are fairly accommodating to foreigners. Look for one that seems nice, and try it. Your mileage will vary, of course, but I generally found people to be friendly.
Stop into a coffee bar somewhere, and order a cafe. There's a lot of variety, so you may have some trouble ordering one. But it'll definitely be worth it.
There are a couple of cheap hotels in via Giuseppe Garibaldi (turn right when you come out of the train station) .
- Hotel Amadeus, via Giuseppe Verdi 72-76 (next to train station and palace), ☎ +39 0823 352663, fax: +39 0823 329195, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. free wifi from €65 (single), €93 (double).
- Hotel New Baby, ☎ +39 0823 322681, fax: +39 0823 288690, e-mail: email@example.com. Check-out: 11AM. nice rooms, poor sound insulation, free wifi from €40 (single), €50 (double).
- B&B L'Antico Cortile, Via Tanucci, 55-81100 Caserta, ☎ +39 3454522070. Situated in the heart of Caserta, 2 minutes from the Royal Palace garden entrance.
- Hotel Europa Caserta, Via Roma, 19 Caserta(CE) 81100, ☎ +39 0823 325400. One of the most important hotels in Caserta, very close to the Reggia royal Palace.
- Jolly Hotel Caserta, V.le Vittorio Veneto, 13, ☎ +39 0823 325222. The Jolly Hotel Caserta is situated in the city centre, only 500 metres away from the famous "Reggia di Caserta". It offers 107 spacious and elegant rooms with a partial view of the panorama of the Reggia.
Naples, Rome, and Capri are all close by.