Castel del Monte, Apulia, Italy. An impressive 13th century citadel posited in the city of Andria is an important landmark in the region and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It was commissioned by the Emperor Frederick II, who, however, never used it for his purposes. The castle has served as a prison and even a plague refuge. Today it is a tourist attraction.
Originally its interiors were made of marble walls. Unfortunately they were stolen or reused for other constructions. Nevertheless it is a monumental building, whose octagonal shape makes it a unique architectural achievement: it was intended to have mathematical and astronomical precision. Moreover, it was influenced by classical antiquity, Islamic Orient and north European Cistercian Gothic – all these styles blend into this one great piece.
Why to go there?
When to go there?
Anytime – the town drops into the pleasant Mediterranean climate zone. Meanwhile the castle is open all year round except on 25th December and 1st January.
How to get there?
It is only 45 km from Bari Palese Airport. Get here by car via A14 (Bologna-Taranto) or A16 (Bari- Napoli) motorways; by train or bus from the bigger towns in Apulia.