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Castel del Monte, Andria
(4.3/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Castel del Monte on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Andria itinerary builder.
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  • I went back to the Castle, but this time with an excellent guide! Congratulations to Chris for having exposed an exemplary story, anecdotes and curiosities related to the Castle, its characters and events of the time. I got to understand various aspects that I had escaped, although you knew already and I had read something about this cultural object. Inside, on the ground floor, I was able to visit an exhibition of mathematics dedicated to Fibonacci. About this aspect, I expected more anyway.
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  • No doubt the Castel del Monte pays off the visitor with its extraordinary beauty. But ... There are a number of things you "leave a bad taste in my mouth" to those who pay eight euros to enter in an empty Castle furnishings! Starting from the parking lot closest to the entrance, where they left a person (or maybe a valet abusive?) to direct traffic. At peak times this curious character yelled trying to explain to people that they had to go back to parking farther away, and use the shuttle bus. Wouldn't it be much more civilized and orderly allow passage only to the handicapped, saw the small size of the parking lot? Even this "Sir" eventually claimed the tip ... and when we refused had a bad reaction. All this to say that an important monument is judged according to the services it offers. Visit real had a minimum because we did not choose the guided tour ... Honestly we expected a path well done, with captions etc. Instead there was an exhibition just for the Castle which left us very perplexed. Nothing interesting for younger visitors, too bad ... Provided the bookshop, with a great variety of articles and titles at affordable prices for everyone.
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  • Well worth a visit and absolutely driven the 5 € more (in addition to 8 X) are blessed. One understands or at least come out different responses to this strange, peculiar and mysterious Castle.
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  • Excellent place to visit, though besides the castle there is not a lot to see as it's been heavily looted. I really enjoyed it and the person I was with was somewhat under bored.
  • Beautiful building and interesting story behind it. I strongly suggest to get a guide to learn hidden history behind those walls.
  • It is beyond me how such an amazing monument is not famous all over the world. Perfectly maintained, surprising and unique this place is well worth the visit. If you have an answer to the mystery of its purpose, let us know!
  • Even if all the interior was taken away (18th cent.), the aura of the naked 13th cent. building is still fantastic: walking around the "endless" sequence of rooms, it wouldn't be a surprise to meet the owner Friedrich II suddenly... Sitting at an outside window, the special location of the castle on a single hill in a flat landscape becomes obvious, and watching the inside court can bring to mind imaginations of medieval life..
  • Beautiful castle to explore and the audio guide was very well done. Free on the first Sunday of he month.