Guided tour of the Castel del Monte

Guided tour of the Castel del Monte

Guided tour of the Castel del Monte

between legend and mystery

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Regarding Castel del Monte, the castel on the hill there are many legends and theories. There are those who say that it was a temple that hid the Holy Grail, other scholars that it was used as a hammam, some other as an astronomical observatory or those who supposed that it hosted the first University of the South.

Despite the different theories, the only certainty is that Castel del Monte was a mysterious building with different functions, some to be discovered yet.

Since 2002 it is reported on the 1 cent coins.



Castel del Monte is one of the most fascinating building in Italy, built by the great Emperor Frederick II of Swabia in 1240. You can enter and visit a fortress, most probably built on the ruins of another castle, which still boasts many theories about its purpose. The Castel del Monte was built following the theory of number 8 (in arithmetic indicates the infinite): it has an octagonal shape, with 8 towers and 8 windows.

You will be enchanted in discovering other details and symbols that make this place unique. The peculiarity of some walls are represented especially by the chromatic contrast between the coral limestone breccia, the white limestone and the marble decorating the portals. Another feature are the stairs in the towers.

But we do not want to reveal anything else…


  • Guided tour
  • Choice option: morning or sunset


Options for an afternoon guided tour to Trani or Barletta

When: only on request. Book your visit by sending an e-mail to

Duration: about 2 hours

City: Andria

Language: Italian, English, other languages on request

Experts: licensed local guide

Price includes: licensed local guide

The price does not include: transfer, monuments ticket, tips, lunch and anything not expressly included

Reservations: accepted up to 48 hours before the scheduled date, depending on available seats

Cancellation: free within 24 hours of the booked activity, after 24 hours only 50% of the amount paid can be refunded

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