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Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

1. Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

Discover the most significant medieval monument in southern Italy on a 1-hour guided tour of Castel del Monte. Situated in Andria in the Puglia region, the citadel and castle is a national treasure and beauty to behold. Built on top of a hill with commanding views of the Puglia region, Castel del Monte is the most important building built by the Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen of Swabia. Explore the monument’s myths and legends, including the meaning of the number 8. After years of neglect, when the castle was stripped of its furniture and marble decorations to become a refuge for shepherds, brigands and political refugees, Castel del Monte was bought and restored by the Italian state in 1876. Almost a century later, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the perfection of its shape and harmonious union of cultural elements from northern Europe, the Islamic world, and classical antiquity. Explore the castle’s façades and interior, and learn the historical context in which it was built.

Andria: Castel Del Monte 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

2. Andria: Castel Del Monte 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

Go on a journey through the history of Puglia on a 1.5-hour guided tour of Castel del Monte in the hills of Andria and discover a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide at the castle entrance, 36 miles (60 kilometers) from Bari. Explore the castle grounds and walk around the outside of the mountain fortress while your guide describes its history. It was first recorded as the Castellum Del Monte in 1223, and built by the humanist Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Frederick imbued the castle with symbolic significance, defined by the laws of math and astronomy. Soaring 1,770 feet (540 meters) above sea level, in the heart of the Alta Murgia National Park, you will get panoramic views of the surrounding area, from the Gargano promontory up to the ancient province of Lucania. Discover impressive structural elements that follow the repetition of the number 8, from the castle’s basic octagonal shape, to the 8 trapezoid rooms, 8 towers, and 44 steps of the spiral stairs. Admire the harmonious blend of Romanesque and Gothic influences, together with important contributions from Islamic art.

Andria: 3-Hour Bike Tour around Castel del Monte

3. Andria: 3-Hour Bike Tour around Castel del Monte

Feel like a local and explore Andria's top highlights, such as the sorrounding Castel del Monte area — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and hidden spots on a 3-hour guided tour riding a bike or an e-bike. The route takes place mainly on a dirt road with mountain bikes: away from traffic and immersed in nature! Ride in class and comfort on a bike, which is perfect for discovering various parts of the rural region.  See the Alta Murgia National Park differently and feel like a local as you cruise through its oak woods and expanses of pseudo steppe, uninterrupted by daily routines. You will look very Instagram worthy on your bikes. Admire many famous sights like the Castel del Monte octagonal castle, and discover typical local architecture marvels that are not on the front pages of tourist magazines.

Venosa Tour: Important Roman Places Near Matera

4. Venosa Tour: Important Roman Places Near Matera

The guided tour will start from the Archaeological Park where you can visit the thermal baths, the domus, S.S. Trinity and the amphitheater. Inside the baths you can visit the changing room, the mosaic paved frigidarium, tepidarium and calidarium heated by the ovens. Not far away there are two domes from the second century BC which are composed of five rooms with a central basin useful for collecting rainwater. Later you will visit the amphitheater and the S.S. Trinity, the fifth-century church and the Abbatial Palace with its monastery. Then visit the unfinished church which was designed to contain a larger number of faithful and was started in the mid-1100s but never finished. Visit the 16th-century Aragonese castle Pirro del Balzo, a majestic, square-plan building with four cylindrical towers surrounded by a deep moat. Inside there is the national archaeological museum that contains Roman antiquities. The guided tour ends with the external visit of the so-called house of Horace, dating back to the second century BC.

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Our guide Letizia made us discover the beauties of this still probably little-known country. She managed to involve our kids as well by giving them her passion for the history of her country. A tour that I recommend to young and old.

Really nice tour, beyond the location the guide was really good, the cost is perhaps a bit excessive but I repeat the tour is certainly valid