Located just north of Naples, Caserta is a charming little city with a rich history and beautiful scenery. A favourite holiday destination for travellers from Italy, the city is growing increasingly popular with foreign tourists also, coming to see the sights and holiday away from the big noisy cities. With loads of small classic towns in the area and the sea just a short drive to the west, Caserta is the perfect place for exploring the Italian countryside in a rental car, with the bonus of avoiding large crowds. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Caserta is both easy and economical.
Modern-day Caserta was established in the 9th century by Pando, the prince of Capua. Locals from nearby Casertavecchia relocated to the new Caserta throughout the middle ages, eventually leaving very few residents who wished to stay behind. To see the original town of the area, jump in your rental car and take the short drive north to Casertavecchia, which is definitely a must for anyone travelling in these parts. Great historic landmarks and ruins are found throughout the town, including the local church, and ruins of the castle.
The best-known attraction in Caserta is without a doubt the Royal Palace. Built in the 18th century, it was the largest palace ever built in Europe at the time and was modelled after similar grand residences such as Versailles in France. Made up of over 1200 rooms, stunning gardens, ponds and fountains, the palace truly is a stunning sight indeed.
Just a short drive from Caserta in your hire car you can visit another historic local icon, San Leucio. Here you will find Palazzo del Belvedere, a royal hunting lodge, as well as a silk factory which was set up in the 18th century. Far beyond similar operations of its time, the factory produced some of the finest silk in the world, and to this day local silk companies still operate, producing the famous fabric.
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