The Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, also known as the Caroline Aqueduct, was constructed in the second half of the 18th century by Luigi Vanvitelli to supply water to the Caserta Royal Palace and its magnificent gardens and parks. The aqueduct with its imposing viaduct “Ponti della Valle” is 38 kilometres long and took 16 years to build. It was one of the greatest engineering feats of its era, providing an extraordinary infrastructure that not only served the palace and the gardens, but also the mills, the ironworks and the manufacturing industries located along its path.
In 1997, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli and Caserta Royal Palace with the neighbouring San Leucio Complex were declared an UNESCO heritage site. This impressive site receives many visitors each year and in 2015, the local authorities decided to renovate the Ponti della Valle.
This bridge, which is 55m high at its highest point, is composed of 3 rows of arches supported by 44 piers with a square base, designed on the model of the ancient Roman aqueducts. As part of the renovation works, the bridge which was previously left in the dark at night, is to be illuminated to highlight its’ architectural splendor and create an iconic nocturnal feature that emphasises the cultural importance of this historic area.
Schréder was delighted to provide an energy efficient LED lighting solution worthy of this prestigious structure. Just over 150 SCULP range floodlights were installed to light up the arches and the piers. Most of the floodlights are controlled by a DMX protocol which illuminate the bridge with a dynamic light programme that changes the colour from white to amber. The lighting scheme brings the bridge to life and creates a vibrant nocturnal landscape.
The Noctis Mini was chosen to light up the new limestone pedestrian path linking the car park underneath the bridge to the Ossario Garibaldino monument, standing a few metres away. The Ossario Garibaldino statue is illuminated by white light from 3 SCULP floodlights.
We decided to illuminate the bridge to protect and enhance it, to promote it worldwide” explained Giovanni Pescarella, Mayor of Valle di Maddaloni, at the inauguration ceremony in April.
Mauro Felicori, Manager of the Caserta Royal Palace commented “The Caroline Aqueduct is an amazing feat of hydraulic engineering and aesthetics. The recent renovation works restore this monument to its full glory and bring it to life 24 hours a day. It will become an iconic landmark for the area.”
This new lighting solution will help to boost tourism in this area at night while keeping energy and maintenance costs to a minimum.