The Castel del Monte is one fortress of the thirteenth century, whose construction was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, and is located in the plateau of the western Murge, in Puglia. The view from this hill gives breathtaking views of the coast. Today, in its beautiful and solitary position, it is one of the most visited sites in our country thanks to its historical importance and its architectural interest, moreover in 1996 it was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nearest village to the Castle is Andria, which is about 15 km away and which in turn is worth a visit.
Here is everything you need to know for organize a visit to Castel del Monte Puglia: how to get there, prices and advice!
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- What to see and how to visit Castel del Monte
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
- By car: exit Andria along the SS15 for 170 km, in 30 min you will arrive near the Castle and the paid parking, the Park Hotel, from which you can reach the structure on foot in 20 min or with a shuttle - Get directions
- By bus: Castel del Monte is located along the State Road, therefore one of the ways to reach it is with the Andria-Castel del Monte urban bus line 6 which from the Andria railway station arrives at the Castle in 30 min
Hours and prices
- from 1 October to 31 March every day 9: 00-18: 30 (ticket office closes 18:00); from April 1st to September 30th every day 10: 15-19: 45 (ticket office closes at 19pm); closed December 15th and January 25st
- Best time to avoid queues: early in the morning, at opening hours
- € 7,00
- Reductions: between 18 and 25 years € 2,00
- Free: minors, journalists, tourist guides, groups of students accompanied by teachers, disabled people and their carers
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
What to see and how to visit Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte is built directly on a rocky bank and is universally known known for its octagonal shape, on each of the eight edges are grafted the as many towers. The courtyard, also in octagonal form, is characterized like the whole structure by the chromatic contrast given by the use of coral breccia, limestone and marble. In the past there were also ancient sculptures of which today only the slab depicting the procession of the knights and a fragment of an anthropomorphic figure remain.
Inside there are sixteen rooms, eight for each floor. Theirs is a trapezoidal shape, and the connection between the two floors is possible through three spiral staircases inserted in additional towers.
Some of these towers house cisterns for collecting rainwater, while others have bathrooms with latrine and sink and flanked by a small room probably used as a dressing room or to accommodate ablution tubs, since body care was very practiced by Federico II and his court.
Furthermore, today the telamons are still present which support the umbrella vault of one of the scalar towers and a fragment of the floor mosaic in the eighth room on the ground floor.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: to avoid running into a long waiting line, it is advisable to go to the ticket office at least 15 minutes before the opening time
- Watch out for restrictions: it is not allowed to bring suitcases or bags, animals (except guide dogs)
- Minimum time: we recommend to consider more or less 2 hours for the visit.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
The birth of this building, full of secrets and magic, was officially the 29 January of the 1240. Frederick II ordered its construction, although many scholars do not agree with this idea, nor do they share the attribution to an architect. Therefore it is not known for certain whether Riccardo da Lentini or Frederick II himself designed the construction of the Castle.
The entrance is characterized by a imposing portal consisting of two columns and two lions, one of which looking in the direction of the sunrise at the winter solstice, while the other looking towards the sunrise on the summer solstice. This, to those who start to go out, symbolizes not turning their backs on the structure.
In the rooms of Castel del Monte you can still find the three footprints left by Emperor Frederick II, one is in the sixth room where a lily with 3 leaves and a stem is carved. The inner courtyard is formed by high walls that give the impression of being inside a well, in medieval symbolism it represented knowledge.