Castel del Monte is a unique piece of medieval military architecture, built by Emperor Frederic II in the 13th century in the middle of nowhere. It was built in an octagonal shape, with each of the eight corners also having an octagonal tower.
More information about Castel del Monte:
- Official website: http://www.casteldelmonte.beniculturali.it/index.php?en/93/the-castle
- Castel del Monte on the UNESCO World Heritage list: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/398
- Information for visitors: http://www.charmingpuglia.com/en/castel-del-monte.html
Trani, also known as the ‘pearl of Puglia’, is a beautiful small seaport town on the Adriatic Sea. Apart from the harbour, it boasts a huge cathedral (Basilica Cattedrale di Trani) and a castle (Castello Svevo).
More information about Trani:
- Trani on LonelyPlanet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/puglia/trani
- Trani on Italy Heaven: http://www.italyheaven.co.uk/puglia/trani.html
Bari is the capital of Puglia and its largest city. It boasts two remarkable churches: Basilica San Nicola and the cathedral (Duomo di Bari or Cattedrale di San Sabino) and a castle (Castello Normanno-Svevo). Because we only reached Bari late in the evening and it was raining, my pictures are limited to Bari’s monuments and streets at night.
More information on Bari:
- The official website of the Basilica San Nicola: http://www.basilicasannicola.it/
- Bari on Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/puglia/bari