Protected as a World Heritage site, the image of Castel del Monte appears on the Italian version of the one-cent euro coin. When the castle was built in the 13th century, the fertile region would have made a comfortable lodge for emperors. However, the structure was most likely used as a citadel. The interior has been looted and vandalized, and some of the marble columns and other features ended up in the Bourbon family's royal houses. You can visit the wineries in the wine country around the castle, which produces limited-production barrels of Riserva. Use our Andria tour itinerary planner to add Castel del Monte and other attractions to your Andria vacation plans.
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  • This really deserves its UNESCO heritage status and protection.It is octagonal all round towers,walls and floor rooms It is majestic in its simplicity and eeriness and stands proudly on a hilltop with...  more »
  • Unesco World Heritage site architecture and unique blend of influences and styles built in the 13th century by Frederick II of Swabia. You get parking in one of the two private car parks less than a kilometre walk (€2 fee for motorcycles, cars and €5 €25 for coaches). The parking area also has bathrooms, a souvenir shop and a restaurant and bar. A local guide is recommended to have various information during the visit, typically cost €5 per person, with discounts for larger groups. From here you can walk but, whereas there is a climb and that the public shuttle costs just €1 round trip and part time, Board the shuttle. The castle is very cool inside and there is a chance to sit down, but in the summer it is advisable to bring some water.
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  • a castle with a remarkable story, well maintained and cared for. recommend the tour to fully understand all the features. recommended for families with children, because the story is very compelling and interesting.
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  • The castle itself is beautiful, however the inside could be a lot more interesting. All the rooms are the same trapezoid shape, but there's nothing in those rooms to bring the history alive. It just feels like walking through the same rooms over and over again. More can be done to have posters or panels with historical facts. A bit disappointed.
  • A Unesco World Heritage site. Worth a visit and well worth booking an English speaking guide. You can easily self guide but the information is not as good and for that alone I'm giving 4 stars intead of 5. View from the top is fantastic.
  • Castel del Monte was cloaked in clouds when we arrived. Very fittingly, that we found this Unesco World Heritage castle, built by Frederick II in 1240, veiled in mist, since the function of this beautiful octagonal structure is also clouded by history. Was it a defensive castle or a splendid hunting lodge? We’re still not sure after a visit. And thus the 7€ admission won’t buy you more than a stroll trough austere, empty rooms. Worth a visit, but no need to go inside.
  • Loved the castle and it's history.Very well signposted, easy to find. Unfortunately, there were also lots of very loud schoolgroups, left uncontrolled by their teachers, which somewhat spoiled the experience and made the audio guide difficult to understand clearly.
  • The mysterious history of this place is fascinating. Notice the spiral stairscases go "backward" as in they can't be defended by right handed swordsmen.
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