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  • Address: Andria, Italy
  • Hours: Daily Apr–Sept 10:15am–7:45pm; Oct–March 9am–6.30pm
  • Admission: Adult: €5, Students: €2.50, Under 18 free

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Castel del Monte Tours

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Castel del Monte was built in the latter half of the 12th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. At this time his realm stretched across much of southern Italy, and he was also responsible for the Castello Normanno-Svevo in Bari, the region’s biggest city, as well as a series of hunting lodges across his domain.

Sitting on a remote hillock among endless undulating plains, Castel del Monte is regarded as a masterpiece of medieval architecture, taking its influences from both Classical and Islamic building styles. Perfectly octagonal in shape, it is constructed around a courtyard and boasts a series of octagonal towers. Internally, it comprises two stories containing eight rooms in each, and although the rich furnishings and much of the decoration are long gone, the marble moldings around the great entrance doorway and the lack of fortifications suggest that the castle may have been a private residence rather than for military purposes. With the demise of the Sicilian empire, the castle was abandoned, and by the 16th century had fallen into disrepair; over the centuries it has been used variously as a prison, a refuge from plague and a hang out for bandits. Today it stands empty and proud, a monument to the political and cultural flowering that saw southern Italy come to prominence in the Middle Ages. 

Practical Info

The castle is located in Andria, near Bari. From here, follow the SS170 for 11 miles (18 km). The site is open daily. From April through September, it is open from 10:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., and from October through March it is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Admission costs €5 for adults, €2.50 for students and is free for those under 18.

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Trani, Wine Tasting, and Castel Del Monte tour from Bari or Ostuni, Bari, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Trani, Wine Tasting, and Castel Del Monte tour from Bari or Ostuni

Explore fantastic scenery and appreciate centuries-old traditions that have remained largely unchanged. Visit Castel del Monte and Trani and enjoy award ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $287.15
The Charm and Mystery of Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour, Bari, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

The Charm and Mystery of Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour

Castel del Monte is the most important medieval building in southern Italy, built by Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen. It has a very unique shape with 8 ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.15
Private Tour: Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour, Bari, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Castel del Monte 2-Hour Guided Tour

Castel del Monte is the most important medieval building in southern Italy, built by Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen. It has a very unique shape with 8 ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.47
Puglia Full-Day Tour: Bari, Trulli of Alberobello, Castel del Monte and Sassi of Matera, Bari, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Puglia Full-Day Tour: Bari, Trulli of Alberobello, Castel del Monte and Sassi of Matera

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Discover the Puglia's highlights in this full-day tour. Visit the UNESCO sites of Bari, Alberobello, Matera and Castel del Monte. Drive through ancient roads, ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $334.03
Castles of Puglia Day Trip from Bari, Bari, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Castles of Puglia Day Trip from Bari

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Visit castles built by King Frederick II (known as 'The Norman') during the XII century and explore the famous Castel del Monte, UNESCO site.

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $187.52
5-day Puglia, Benevento, and Matera Tour from Rome, Rome, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

5-day Puglia, Benevento, and Matera Tour from Rome

A wonderful 5-day experience to discover Apulia, Benevento and Matera. 2 nights in Lecce. Visit of the city, excursion to Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca. ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,218.91

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