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