Italy 6 October: Caserta - Cassino

a history-tour through Italy

OASI WWF "BOSCO DI SAN SILVESTRO" Centro Ambientale "LA GHIANDAIA" helped Peace Run hosting the Team!

Rosy from OASI WWF was so kind… she showed the beauty of the natural reserve and the delicious products they made, such as a jam made of an ancient variety of wild apples, home made organic brad. Thank you Rosy!!!

The breathtaking view of the Reggia di Caserta Park. The garden, a typical example of the baroque extension of formal vistas, stretches for 120 ha, partly on hilly terrain. It is also inspired by the park of Versailles.

The royal palace has more than 40 monumental rooms completely decorated with frescoes when, in comparison, Versailles counts only 22 monumental rooms.

The Royal Palace of Caserta, in Italian: Reggia di Caserta is the largest royal residence in the world!

In 1997, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its nomination described it as "the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque, from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multidirectional space".

The construction of the palace was begun in 1752 for Charles VII of Naples, who worked closely with his architect, Luigi Vanvitelli who used an academic Late Baroque and Neoclassic style

The Peace Run Team arriving at the Reggia with a member of the A.S.D. REGGIA RUN the Running Team.

The children welcome the runners.

Students of Istituto Don Milani ready for action.

Sure he knows that The Caserta Palace has been used as a filming location in a number of movie productions.

In 1997 it served as a filming location for Star Wars, used as the setting for Queen Amidala's royal palace on Naboo. In the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and it featured again in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as Queen Jamillia's palace.

The bad weather doesn't stop the enthusiasm.

"Peace walks smiling".

The Mayor of Caserta Carlo Marino holding the torch.

Engaging the young audience.

Put your hands up for Peace!

Hand made Peace T-Shirts. Peace fashion!

Feeling Peace inside your heart.

Peace is surprising!

Feeling the Spirit of Peace of the torch

Peace is Unity.

Peace interview.

The students created Peace poems of amazing beauty.

Oneness in action

Peace is Joy!

Peace is ageless!

We launched the Run with all the kids and the impressive background.

Beauty in the "Reggia" is everywhere!

Here is a replay of a famous scene of Stars Wars scene!

On the road to Cassino our next stop.

Lunch time on the road, fuel for the legs!

We enjoyed a most famous Italian dish: Mozzarella di Bufala.

Arriving in Cassino.

Montecassino. Today we went on a real history tour.

Local runners joined in.

The mayor of Cassino welcomed us with kind words

thank you for the help

we received nice gifts

and we signed books for the local library

..Cassino was totally destroyed during WW II...

Thank you Cassino for the warm welcome!

...we arrived at the place of the Exodus Foundation, which is very successfully dedicated to rehabilitate people...

...a very warm welcome...

Thank you for hosting the Peace Run!

Meeting the new generation of fencers in Cassino

We enjoyed the company of our new friends with a nice evening program!