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Castel del Monte

Andria, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Andria
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

An amazing building. You need a guide to get the history right and understand the beauty of the castle.

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Lisbon, Portugal
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

If you suceed in being among the first to enter the building, early in the morning, then you will live an almost mystic experience. You should keep in silence, listen to the silence of the walls, walk gently and hope to hear nothing but silence. Only then will you feel Castel del Monte. Actually, there is not much to be... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We stopped here on our way to Matera from Bari. Along the way we made stops in Trani and Andria as well. This is worth a visit just to marvel at the genius behind the construction. The views are stunning. No crowds. 5 euro admission to this UNESCO site. We did not have time to read all the displays. So... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Well-restored castle of Emperor Frederick II outside Andria. Wonderful views back to the coast. Frederick was an important contributor to the history of this crossroads region. his wife, Isabella daughter of our King John, is buried in Andria's cathedral. the information boards in the castle could be livelier.

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Holiday, Florida
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Sitting majestically on a flattened hill top of the Murge and dominating the countryside for miles, this masterpiece of Norman architecture with its massive octagonal plan is impressive, yet mysterious. It lacks a moat and a draw-bridge, as well as a kitchen and stables. What was the purpose for which it was erected by Frederick II and where, pray tell,... More

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aberdeen, scotland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

A very impressive building with the usual tourist "attractions". By car you are directed to a park and ride facility some 1-5 ks from the Castle. 5euro pays for the parking and coach ride to/from the Castel del Monte. A guide is available immediately you disembark but we resorted to the blurb in our tourist book and walked all the... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This castle should not be missed - fascinating octagonal construction, much interesting history re Frederick II and great views of surrounding countryside. Entry fee is 5 Euros. There is a shuttle bus up the hill from the car park. The option of an English speaking tour by a volunteer was available.

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Ingleton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Although the castle is empty it was a good place to visit. The design of the place is incredible and the views were good too. Nice to be able to just wander around without a guide. The entry fee was very reasonable. Well worth a visit.

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Madrid, Spain
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This castle is difficult to reach without a car. There are buses to the Castel del Monte from the town of Andria. Even with the car, one must park a kilometre away and walk up, or take the shuttle bus for 1 Euro. Most people walk down. From the approach, one can imagine the countryside forested and suitable for hunting,... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

There is a park and ride, where a bus will take you to the castle and returns every 10 minutes. The visit is free for 65+ and under 18's. It is a magnificent castle. It has been well restored and you can spend as long as you like wandering around the rooms, which we did. Definitely a 'not to be... More

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