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Castel del Monte

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Address: Andria, Italy
Phone Number: 0883569997
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Spectacular building

Not a lot more I can say really - this place needs to be visited if you are in the area. It stands out above the landscape, with its unusual octagonal design (something which is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Not a lot more I can say really - this place needs to be visited if you are in the area. It stands out above the landscape, with its unusual octagonal design (something which is repeated inside as well), and holds a majestic power over the area. The history of the building was presented fairly well in an audio guide.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Castel del Monte is visible from miles away. It was meant to be! This in not a pure fortress, it is a symbol of power. It is not especially defensible. There were rings of more distant fortresses that saw to the defense. Castel del Monte was a kingly residence built in the 12th Century. It has none of the amenities... More 

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Tarquinia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Castel del Monte is one of those places (another I have been is the Thoronet Abbey in southern France) where you feel there is something "special". Some refer to ancient theories of energy flows. I do not know why, but the huge, octagonal castle will forever mark your life. Be sure to set aside at least 90 minutes for the... More 

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Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Very unusual architectural structure in a very lonely place. Definitely worth a visit if you are in this part of Italy.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I especially when there to check this UNESCO heritage but was really disappointed. This castle has nothing inside as described earlier by other reviewers. They displayed other contemporary artifact, sculptures that were totally unrelated to the site. Only ground level and second level can be visited and all the rooms look identical. This only thing that impressed me was the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It would appear this location is held in high regard, being a "World Heritage Centre" but it left us feeling unimpressed. It appears to have been re-built and sanitized quite recently, leaving it with little atmosphere or character. For those of us not deeply versed in southern European history' it had no cachet. There was a display of 'modern' abstract... More 

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The castle both from without and within is scenically beautiful, and a nice stop for educational and picture purposes. That said, the castle is practically empty, explanatory information somewhat sparse, and there's simply not a lot going on here. If one can combine a castle visit with a stay and activities likely offered by nearby B&Bs and agriturismos, this would... More 

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Dorset
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Situated in very different vegetation to the rest of Puglia , which seems to be a sea of olives! Here the trees that surround the park and Castle are tall Pines.. A quiet and unspoilt area, the Castle suddenly looms up in the midst of all this, perched on a hill. As others have commentated an Octagonal building - totally... More 

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Cugnoli, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The first glimpse of this medieval castle on the hillside is amazing. You pay for parking your car at the bottom of the hill and then take the free shuttle bus. Built by Federico ll it is part of the world heritage and is very unusual in shape as it is octagonal. There are two floors but unfortunately the top... More 

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firenze
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This castle is the one represented on the Italian 1eurocent coin! It is a unique monument built in a wild, wide land, visible many kilometers before your arrival. Its shape, the way the visitor can go from a room to another inside, the game of lights, its windows and its magnificent colors contribute to the mistery and charm of this... More 

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