The Casa Vanvitelliana in Bacoli is named for the architect who designed it, Luigi Vanvitelli. It is located on a small island in the middle of Lago Fusaro. The Royal Hunting Lodge was often used to host important guests.
Casina Vanvitelliana Bacoli
Address: Piazza Rossini, 1 – Bacoli. Phone: +39 348 4288342 or 338 1069841. Opening times: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 till 20:00. Ticket price: 3 Euros. (Note that opening times and admission may be subject to change.)
History and description
In 1752, the Bourbon rulers of Naples decided to turn the area around Lago Fusaro into a hunting and fishing ground. Luigi Vanvitelli, who was the son of a Neapolitan mother and the Dutch painter Caspar van Wittel, was given the job to redesign the area.
The work was completed by Luigi’s son, Carlo Vanvitelli.
The main fruit of his labors was the Royal Hunting Lodge (Casino Reale di Caccia), which came to be known as the Casina Vanvitelliana.
The neoclassical building was finished in 1782. It consists of three octagonal bodies and can only be reached by means of a long walking bridge from the mainland.