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“A notable castle, but with a difference.”
Review of Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte
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The Charm and Mystery of Castel del Monte 2-Hour...
Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Andria
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

This castle is recognised as being unique, which is why it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Possibly unique for two reasons.
Firstly, it is a castle with no military purpose. Certainly, it has thick, imposing walls, but lacking the usual defensive structures. No moat or draw bridge and with a main entrance resembling that of a temple or triumphal arch than anything remotely defensive. This is matched by large, graceful, arched windows, so overall, not ideal to withstand any attack.
Secondly, it is laid out as an octagon with mathematical precision, on two floors. The interior befitted that of a palace and was used as a 'hunting lodge ', by Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor.
Built on a rocky peak, the castle dominates the surrounding countryside, which means that the views are exceptional, stretching, as far as the eye can see.
If you enjoy history or photography this venue is for you.
The nearby, excellent, Taverna Sforza is conveniently placed for taking on refreshment.
Worth the visit? Most definitely.

Thank 485AlanP485
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

As usual in Italy, attractions close at the drop of a hat. I went to the trouble to check the website for openings and there was no notice that they would be closed. Staff were typically unhelpful and just shrugged their shoulders.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I enjoyed this 13th century castle that is, indeed, odd shaped. It is quite impressive sitting on top of a hill. Not the usual castle, this one is octagonal and built out a light color stone. The interior architecture is quite interesting even though the interior spaces are empty. It is clean and well kept and I enjoyed visiting this UNESCO World Heritage sight.

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

This impressive circa 1250 castle is odd. It appears to have been built to make a statement, not as a normal defensive castle. All the same it is quite a sight. It has been restored on the outside but inside it is mainly empty, but clean, as it was stripped almost bare. Now a UNESCO sight. Worth a visit but not a long stay. Cafe in the car park, but not at the castle which is a long walk or short bus ride away. So take a picnic.

Thank Goggy
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

We saw the castle from afar. It is a strange octagonal shape and restored well. There were confusing parking requirements where we were directed to park in a camping ground and take a shuttle to the start of the walk to the castle entrance. Inside were English explanations in most areas. The building has significance architecturally and spiritually - appearing to link elements of the Arab world and medieval Europe. No one ever lived here we were told - so more of a symbol of power and privilege.

Thank melbourneros
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