About 25 km north of Naples, King Charles III. build the castle of Caserta. Behind the monumental palace is the great "Parco Real Reggia di Caserta", which was created around 1770. From a mountain on the horizon, an artificial waterfall falls into a large basin with baroque groups of figures. Over three elongated basins, the water flows in cascades towards the castle. The endless pools are accompanied by buildings with Baroque sculptures. The garden leads in a straight axis to the castle. Between the water basins extend lawns which divide the seemingly endless castle park of Caserta. The castle park is about 3 km long, you can take a shuttle bus at the castle to the upper end of the park at the "Fontana di Diana e Atteone".
The "Giardino Inglese" is located next to the Parco Reale Reggia di Caserta. The entrance is in the upper part of the baroque castle park, laterally next to the "Fontana di Diana e Atteone". The English Garden was created for Maria Carolina Queen of Naples at the end of the 18th century. The garden was designed by English garden architect and botanist John Andrew Graefer. The English Landscape Garden is an alternative to the strictly geometric baroque garden next to it. In the garden are small buildings that were already built as ruins. Caves and waterfalls create romantic landscapes. In the western part of the 23-hectare park are greenhouses for rare plants. The most beautiful part is in the middle of the English Garden. The Venus bath is entered through hollow paths that are formed by moss-covered rocks. A kneeling Venus statue washes at a spring. On the rocky edge of the pond are high passageways with collapsed vaults, through which light falls into the dark halls. The English Garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the "Reggia di Caserta".
The Capodimonte Park is the largest park in Naples. It is on top of a mountain, in the extension of Via Toledo. In the park is the "Palazzo Reale" which houses the Museo di Capodimonte. The "Real Bosco di Capodimonte" is located on a plateau, on the slope edge to the city center there are beautiful viewpoints. If you want to escape the crowd and noise in the old town without leaving Naples, you can take a walk in the forest or lie down on a meadow.
The 1,281 meter high volcanic cone of Vesuvius "Cratere del Vesuvio" can be visited. You should choose a day with good visibility, otherwise you won't see much from the summit. On a clear day you can see the islands Capri and Ischia. The volcano has been a national park since 1990. Vesuvius is the only active volcano on mainland Europe and a constant threat to Naples. Its eruption in 79 AD destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. If Vesuvius erupted, it would be impossible to evacuate the 3 million people who live in the region.
How do you get to Vesuvius?
At the Ercolano-Scavi train station, buses run to the "Quota Mille", the mountain station at an altitude of 1,000 m. This is where you pay the entrace fee for the Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio. From here you can walk the remaining 281 meters to the summit in around 30 minutes. Don't forget sturdy shoes and warm clothing. On Vesuvius it is often 10 ° C colder than in Naples and significantly windier.
"La Mortella" is a garden in the town of Forio on the island of Ischia. The garden was created in a quarry by Susana Walton. She was the wife of British composer Sir William Walton. The couple bought the land and, with the support of English landscape architect Russell Page, laid out the "La Mortella" garden. The garden is named after myrtle (Italian Mortelle), because the plant grew here before the garden was created. The special feature of "La Mortella" is that the garden has two different climates. In the "Valley Garden" there are tropical plants, while on the stony "Hill Garden" Mediterranean plants grow. In 1991, the private garden was transferred into a foundation and opened to the public. To cherish the legacy of Sir William Walton, regular concerts are held inthe garden.
The garden "La Mortella" is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. For current information about opening times and admission check the link below. There is a stop of the island bus line CS / CD nearby.
One of the most beautiful coastal hiking trails in the world, meanders along the east coast of Capri. From Capri town follow Via Tragara, which leads to the "Belvedere Tragara". From here you can see the famous Fraglioni (beacon) cliffs rising over 100 meters from the sea. Continue along Via Tragara until you reach a crossroad, then turn onto Via del Pizzolungo. The path becomes steeper and many stairs climb the rocky coastal landscape. The azure blue sea is always in sight, and behind every bend new perspectives open up. Pass the Villa Malaparte and turn to the Via Arco Naturale to the viewpoint "Arco Naturale". The path leads directly to the arch, through which you have a spectacular view of the coastline. Via the Via Arco Naturale and the Via Matermania, you return to the center of Capri town.