We shall spend the night at CASERTA. This was only a small town until the 18° century, when it developed and grew round the royal palace built by Vanvitelli for Carlo III Bourbon (1752): it is a huge rectangular building with a monumental staircase and a famous park with a series of fountains descending from Monte San Silvestro behind.
At 7 km, from Caserta (3 mi.) is CASERTA VECCHIA, of Longobard origin with a fine Cathedral of mixed Lombard and Norman-Sicilian style and a Romanesque campanile; there are tine medieval quarters. Now take the Benevento road (50 km. - 28 1/2 mi. From Caserta): after 7 km. (4 1/4 mi.) comes MADDALONI with a 14° century Castle and Longobard tower.
Eleven km. (7 mi.) farther on leave the turning for Arienzo and San Felice on our right and proceed for MONTESARCHIO (12 km. 7 mi.) on the slopes of a hill on top of which there is a stout Castle. After 20 km. (12 mi.) of varied hill country we descend into the valley of the River Calore at BENEVENTO.