Royal Palace of Caserta
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The garden, a typical example of the baroque extension of formal vistas, stretch for 120 ha, partly on hilly terrain. It is inspired by the park of Versailles, but it is commonly regarded as superior in beauty. The park starts from the back façade of the palace, flanking a long alley with artificial fountains and cascades.
The fountains and cascades, each filling a vasca ("basin"), with architecture and hydraulics by Luigi Vanvitelli at intervals along a wide straight canal that runs to the horizon, rivalled those at Peterhof outside St. Petersburg. These include: The Fountain of Diana and Actaeon, The Fountain of Venus and Adonis, The Fountain of the Dolphins, The Fountain of Aeolus and The Fountain of Ceres.
Curiosity:The Reggia was used as the location for Queen Amidala's Royal Palace on Naboo in the 1999 film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and again in the 2002 film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as Queen Jamillia's palace. The same room was also used in Mission Impossible III as Vatican City. In fact, the square where the Lamborghini is blown up is actually the square inside the Palace.