Saturday, October 8, 2016

Italy 2016 - Day 1

We have arrived!  All 44 of us made it to the airport in Rome via overnight flight and we met up with our tour director Anna and our driver for the day, Pepe.

On route to Sorrento we visited Caserta which is the capital of the province of Caserta in the Campania region of Italy. It is an important agricultural, commercial and industrial commune and city. Caserta is located on the edge of the Campanian plain at the foot of the Campanian Subapennine mountain range.

Caserta's main attraction is its Royal Palace (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The palace was created in the 18th century by the Italian architect Luigi Vanvitelli for Charles IV to rival Versailles. It is one of the most visited monuments in the country. Inside are more than 1200 rooms, decorated in various styles. It has been the set for several famous movies such as Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Angels & Demons and Mission: Impossible III. 

We then completed the drive to Sorrento and checked into Hotel Michelangelo.  We ended the day with a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

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