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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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  • too bad we were a few minutes late to the castle to visit but very nice view from the outside. still worth it
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  • This was a bit of a trek to get to. Little parking other than in an adjacent restaurant site, with an attendant requiring a tip. After climbing the hill we each paid 7€ to enter. No audio guide and li...  more »
  • This castle is credited to emperor Frederic II. of the Staufer dynasty, one of the most enigmatic figures of the dark ages. It it beleived that he might have been the designer of the uniqure castle. A...  more »
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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.