Castel del Monte

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From Bari: Puglia and Matera Sightseeing Tour

From Bari: Puglia and Matera Sightseeing Tour

At the slow pace of the roads of the southern heel of the Italian boot, we will get to know places otherwise difficult to reach independently. You will have the chance to visit ancient towns, seaside resorts, and historical sites in Puglia and Basilicata. Our trips will be opportunities to learn about local culture in a friendly and informal environment. We'll travel backroads to destinations showcasing nature alongside human handiwork. You'll have a friend at your side to immerse you in the customs and traditions of the cities you visit. Select amongst various itineraries. Frequently requested trips include: 1) Bari - Polignano - Alberobello - Matera - Bari (200 km) 2) Bari - Alberobello - Locorotondo - Cisternino - Ostuni - Bari (190 km) 3) Bari - Polignano - Alberobello - Locorotondo - Monopoli - Bari (170 km) 4) Bari - Altamura - Gravina - Matera - Bari (150 km) 5) Bari - Ruvo - Castel del Monte - Trani - Bari (150 km) World Heritage Unesco sites: Alberobello: on the way to the ''trulli'' capital is Polignano, famous for its cliffs, home of the Diving World Championship, on the Adriatic coast. Locorotondo and other small towns of the Itria Valley can be visited driving old roads filled with ancient monumental olive trees. Matera: on the way to this amazing town we could stop in Gravina in Puglia and Altamura, homelands of some of the most delicious food in the region. Castel del Monte: suggested stops at Ruvo di Puglia and Trani, with their wonderful cathedrals. Drive through picturesque rocky and coastal scenery.

Andria: Castel del Monte Private Historical Tour

Andria: Castel del Monte Private Historical Tour

Castel del Monte is an ancient manor built by Frederic of Swabia on the highest hill of Alta Murga which dominates the splendid landscape like an emperor's crown, a symbol of the power and genius of the great man who was Federico II. Today it is a Unesco World Heritage Site, a castle full of mystery and many questions that seek an answer among the stones, the only witnesses of the past. Your personal guide will await you at the bus and car parking and together we take the shuttle that bring us to the Castle where we walk around the area and admire the monument from outside and all the splendid area of Alta Murgia, then you entry inside of the Castle and explore the different spaces: cort, rooms and towers. Using the story learned from the guide and your own imagination immerse yourself in the midlevel atmosphere and try to understand the mystery of this unique manor so narrow related to its builder.

Castel del Monte Tour with transfer from Trani

Castel del Monte Tour with transfer from Trani

After pick-up from the Trani Central Station, head to Castel del Monte, the most visited monument in Puglia on a private tour. The castle was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The Castel del Monte was built in 1240 by Federico II and sits atop a prominent hill in Alta Murgia National Park. The castle has a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape stretching all the way to the sea. Marvel at the castle's unique octagonal shape with eight towers and eight sides. A licensed tour guide will show you the castle and tell you about its incredible history. Learn about Federico II's fascinating life and his extravagant personality. Discover hidden aspects of life in the Italian Middle Ages and the many mysteries that remain about the Castel del Monte.

Andria: Castel Del Monte 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

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.

Castel del Monte private tour: The Crown of Italy

Castel del Monte private tour: The Crown of Italy

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.

Organized tour from Bari to Trani and Castel del Monte

Organized tour from Bari to Trani and Castel del Monte

Leave with a comfortable minivan from Bari (round trip) Visit Castel del Monte and Trani with our tour guide Share the experience with others or choose exclusivity. You will meet your minivan in front of the Petruzzelli Theater, Bari. Guided tour of Castel del Monte inside where - always with our guide - you can discover the characteristics and curiosities of the grandiose octagonal castle. Panoramic walk in Trani admiring the majestic Cathedral on the sea and the Jewish quarter.

Golf cart tour and aperitif in the ancient Masseria

Golf cart tour and aperitif in the ancient Masseria

Experience your afternoon in our Organic Masseria's countryside, made up of centuries-old olive groves, almond groves, vineyards, beehives, ancient "trulli" and uncontaminated fields of wild flowers and plants. Our Organic Masseria has a long history, beginning in 1800, when our family started their agricultural business in the countryside of Andria in Contrada Torre di Bocca. We will meet in our Masseria at the agreed time (in the afternoon); after a quick presentation and visit of the Masseria you will jump on our electric cart for starting a deep tour into the real Apulian countryside, between Castel del Monte and the landscape of the sea in front of us. You will enjoy the calm, the perfumes, the colours and lights of the Nature with an indescribable view: trees, fields, wild flowers, seasonal fruits, ancient trulli, sweet hills of vineyards, the sea and Gargano promontory are perfect frames. As soon as the deep tour in the Nature finishes, you are welcome to enjoy the sunset in the courtyard of our Masseria, a magical historical place, where you will have a tasty aperitifs made with our grown products and those of other local little farms selected by us.

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What people are saying about Castel del Monte

Overall rating

4.6
(33 reviews)

Brilliant. Beyond what I expected as a solo semi-retired unsophisticated traveller. ☺️ Not surprised though that the whole experience was so good, as Enzo was great from the start - with communication and ultimately delivering. My 3 co-travellers were so lovely also. All up:10! 😊🌱🎉🇮🇹

Great! Punctual, pleasant, professional and competent. You learn a lot more about the country and its people thanks to the individual attention, you never get stuck in traffic jams thanks to the knowledge of the route and you can even express your route preferences!

Enzo is a very pleasant person, calm and above all good advice. He took us on typical little paths that we would have missed by train and his company was really very pleasant. I recommend it 200%. Thank you for everything 😊

Excellent. I never would have been able to visit all 4of those places in one day in my own. With a bit of history, directions and recommendations in each place. It was a really great day.

Enzo was a great guide. Very perisonalble and knowledgeable. We had a great time visiting the Puglia towns