Hindered by it's location, few miles away from the bay of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Ischia and very close the Vesuvius, the mighty Royal Palace of Caserta is pretty often neglected by tourists, despite it's undeniable value. Not only the Palace is surrounded by a complex of natural beauties, including the marvellous aqueduct built by architect Vanvitelli, but also is the largest royal palace in the world by volume (expressed in cubic meters).
Every Country on Earth has at least 1 site included in the UNESCO list of world heritage, however there is a Country which, provided the small scale of it's extension and the unparalleled cultural heritage, ranks 1st in such list: Italy.
Although the Baroque adventure spans all over Europe, the "capital" cities of such style are alla in Italy: Noto in Sicily, Lecce in Apulia and Torino in Piedmont. The architectural features are pretty much the same in all these places where the so called "grandeur" was the guideline to impress the visitors.
The reason why I am writing again about the Etna is that on february 15th and 16th, the Etna performed a major spectacular eruption, therefore the ordinary volcanic daily activity which I assisted was nothing in comparison. What impressed me of this new eruption is that I actually walked right on that rim, which erupted with explosions and lava flows.
I don't usually post about politics, unless I feel it is necessary to voice my point of view. This is one of those occasions I feel there is a need to share what I feel about the present "Crisi di Governo", which is ongoing in Italy these days.
If you want to reach the highest tips of the Alps you must go to Italy (although the location of the highest cliff of Mount Blanc is still an open controversy between Italy and France): Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and the Pink Mount are all in Italy, (although they are accessible also from France and Swizterland)
One thing that most of the visitors often take for granted is that Italy has always been one single Country. The truth is pretty different. I think it might be useful to offer you with another perspective and suggest a different travel itinerary based on the process which led the Italian Peninsula to unify itself under the flag of a single Monarch: the House of Savoy.