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This painting is by Phillip J. Hackert and shows the TorcinoSome sources reference this site by the name of a nearby town, Capriati a Volturno, but the full name was the Real Tenuta di caccia e pesca di Torcino a Ciorlano—the Torcino a Ciorlano Royal Grounds for Hunting and Fishing. It is in the hills above the Volturno valley about 70 km north of Naples and about 45 km northwest of Caserta, a very short distance SE of the town of Venafro. (Don't worry, you will get lost. No, wait. Worry.) Part of this former royal hunting reserve is today a well-maintained estate functioning primarily as an agriturismo— that is, a rural guest house. It is of considerable natural beauty, including its so-called “Swan Lake.” Today, if you want to visit it, find the town of Venafro and then ask for the Torcino Estate or, in Italian, the Tenuta Torcino. The estate covers 375 hectares (925 acres). The holding was one of the 22 Royal Bourbon sites (graphic, below)—that is, personal property of the king.
Royal Bridge(built by Charles III) on the premises of the
Royal Hunting Ground. The painting is dated 1786.
The complete list of Royal Bourbon sites
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