Casertavecchia, Caserta

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Visit a well-preserved castle citadel that hosted a succession of conquerors and rulers from the Lombards to the Bourbon family at Casertavecchia. Beneath the Tifatini Mountains, you can explore the narrow alleyways and winding streets of this antique town, which arose in the ninth century. Many restaurants and pizzerias offer terraced, outdoor seating. At an elevation of 401 m (1,315 ft), you can see plenty of countryside and a bit of the nearby city. Some streets are steep and aren't recommended for those with mobility issues. Arrange to visit Casertavecchia and other attractions in Caserta using our Caserta online trip itinerary maker .
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  • The existence of this ancient village, perched at 400 metres altitude on the slopes of Mount Tifata, is attested since the early middle ages. The etymology of the name derives from the Latin "casa hirta ' (full House). Initially the town was subject to the domination of the Lombards. In the following centuries found sanctuary many peasants from the countryside below, threatened by incursions of pirates and Raiders. The population and the size of the village increased, at the top of the Hill was built a fortress and the town was surrounded by solid walls. Then Casertavecchia, as throughout the South of Italy, he met the long succession of dominations: Normans, Swabians, Angevins and Aragonese. Around 1200 the village enjoyed a certain prosperity, becoming one of the most important religious and political centers of the territory. The decline began in 1500, to the benefit of the nearby Caserta Caserta New, properly so called. This city (possibly identifiable with the ancient Roman Calatia) had experienced a long period of neglect throughout the middle ages; but then, thanks to the improvement of the political and economic situation in the region and to its convenient location in a fertile plain, became prosperous and populous in those years. In 1840 the Bishop left the village and moved to the Valley. Casertavecchia was reduced to a small village of a few hundred inhabitants, orbiting at majestic Palace that Charles of Bourbon, King of Naples and Sicily, had become in the meantime build in Caserta New. The Cathedral of the Archangel Michael (the largest church building of the village) was built in the Norman period, during the 12th century. An ancient inscription on the façade attributes the initiative to the Bishop Ranulf. In the following centuries the building was altered several times, until you take over Baroque forms. In 1920 a careful restoration returned to the Church the original Romanesque appearance, with Gothic listings. The façade, made of Tuff blocks, has three entrances framed by white marble cornices and two Windows are arranged asymmetrically. look at the cute animal motifs that adorn these structures. The eardrum has a nice decoration to blind arches. The massive Bell Tower to the right of the façade is lightened by large Gothic Windows; the base has a wide open arch arches, while the highest level presents an elaborate round of ch-loops. The Interior of the Church has three aisles, supported by nine large columns on each side. At the intersection of the nave and the transept rises a mighty octagonal Dome, clearly visible if you look at the Cathedral from the side. The beautiful pulpit to four columns was built in 1600 by assembling the fragments of the two original panels dating back to 1200. Opposite the Cathedral is the Bishop's Palace, whose original core dates back to the 12th century. Early medieval castle remains a massive cylindrical tower and some rather dirute at the foot of this set in a pine forest at the eastern edge of the village. Casertavecchia is reached within a few minutes by car from the Centre of Caserta. Anyone wishing to use the local bus lines keep in mind that sometimes these, especially on holidays, thin out several races. In country food is not a problem: there are taverns, cafes and restaurants to suit all budgets.
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  • About 10 km from the new Caserta is this former medieval village which can be reached after a scenic trip made by turns and fog (or mist). Slow is worth a visit.
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  • I never said that just a few kilometres from the drab and industrialized Caserta there had its nucleus, medieval, hot, teeming with architecture and one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Campania. Casertavecchia is a paradise for the eyes, so magnificently perched. The belvedere Castle, the splendid church, Spartan yet so rich, locals and restaurants on every corner form a path unique and dazzling. The weather here has stopped. Despite some minor carelessness, the visit is recommended, with lunch in the many different dining options (bars, pizzerias, bistros, restaurants or trattoria that is).
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