Of course the Royal Palace is pretty famous for its sumptuous staircases and halls which have also been portrayed in various movies. Less often people have heard about the importance of its gardens built in the middle of the XVIII century while the curiosity of botanists and the cravings of colonial exoticism teased the fantasies of the West with endemic species coming from Eastern and Western Indies. That's how the English Garden and the Old Wood of the Palace were born.
|Ines Peduto with the botanical species|
|Centifolia or cabbage rose|
The Old Wood, a wood that exixsted before the Garden was built, was part of a garden built in the XVI century that was later added to the Palace of the Noble Casertan Acquaviva family. This space is the focus of the walk proposed by Ines Peduto, where it is possible to find traces of the age of Giovanni Battista della Porta, one of the first admirer of plants and gardens who wrote about the “Magiae Naturalis”, the Natural Magic that's the Smell Festival 2016 theme.
|Malaleuca bark - Camelia japonica fruits|
More info about the tour scheduled for saturday June, 25 can be found on the website of Smell Festival.