The domination of Borbone dinasty in the Kingdom of Two Sicilies and in the whole Southern Italy has left the sign also on the Phlegraean Fields.
One of the buildings more typical of the place is the Casina Vanvitelliana: it allows both Flegrean people and visitors to dream of a magnificent time.
Situated in the centre of Fusaro Lake in Bacoli, the precious building was constructed in 1782 as a little royal house of hunting, by Gianluigi Vanvitelli, under the decision of King Ferdinando V of Borbone in an uninhabitated area. Over the years, the Casina lost its original role to become a dwelling for guests of honour. Over the centuries here stayed celebrities, such as Amadeus Mozart and Gioacchino Rossini among the musicians, up to the ex President of the Italian Republic, Luigi Einaudi.
Nowadays the Casina is a symbol for the city of Bacoli, and local people loves to enjoy the Borbonic Park, situated on the shore of the Fusaro lake, right in front of the illustrious building. It is connected to the land by a wooden bridge, and the interior is the original style of the times. Today it is a prestigious place for institutional meetings and also used as ceremonial lodge by the City of Bacoli.
THE LEGEND – The peculiarity of the building has spread the legend in the Phlegraean Fields that here was recorded “The Adventure of Pinocchio” by Luigi Comencini, where the House of the Fairy with Turquoise Hair should have been the Casina Vanvitelliana. But actually the lucky masterpiece was recorded in a similar building on Martignano lake, in Lazio region.
Anyway, the Casina was truly a film set in “Ferdinando e Carolina”, an italian movie by Lina Wertmüller, in “Luca il Contrabbandiere” with the italian well-known actor Fabio Testi, and in “L’imbroglio nel lenzuolo”, with the italian beauty Maria Grazia Cucinotta.