Castel del Monte, Andria

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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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  • August 18, 2017
    In return from vacation on the street decided to stop at this magnificent Castle, which combines history, architecture and a truly striking panorama.
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  • August 18, 2017
    I took advantage of a day of August altogether not hot to take the family on a visit to Castel del Monte, until now always seen from the outside. Let's say you already approaching the Castle, which come from Tahir or from Andria, worth it for the beauty of the landscape between alta Murgia and low Daunia. When then appears the imposing building of Frederick II, really seems to find the icing (icing ...) on the cake! Arrived at the parking lot we are greeted by two valets, that make us some basic information about the shuttle to the Castle (only costs $ €1 round trip). Ticket staff are very efficient and right away we get tickets and audio guides (if you want, there is also a guided tour) the Castle inside is now bare of furniture of any kind, but it is very interesting to observe how from room to room are several keystones and various decorative architectural elements. The view from the Windows to the Northeast is spectacular, with the Gulf of Manfredonia and the Gargano that stand out. Of course, feel ignorant tourists who complain that "there's nothing" brings sadness ... During the visit were also works of Nino Longobardi, contemporary artist. Bookshop of excellent quality and priced accordingly. Castel del Monte should be visited at least once!
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  • August 17, 2017
    Going from 20 years, always leaves me speechless, architectural masterpiece on a picturesque Hill, mix of many cultures and religions expertly matched
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  • April 11, 2017
    Beautiful place with breathtaking view. Unfortunately tickets are very expensive and the inside of the castle is not worth it. Audio-guide is too long and boring.
  • March 16, 2017
    Interesting building. But I expected more.
  • July 14, 2016
    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!
  • September 17, 2016
    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.
  • September 16, 2016
    Beautiful building and interesting story behind it. I strongly suggest to get a guide to learn hidden history behind those walls.

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