UNESCO World Heritage Sites are regarded as being universally important and ‘belonging to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located’.
When you visit Puglia, a region rich in history and culture, make sure you take the time to explore one of these sites.
Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte is a perfectly octagnal castle, built by Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century, is a mystery in that no one really knows why it was built: it wasn’t lived in, it is not near any town, has no moats or other defence structures, although built on top of a hill. It is made up of a central octagonal core containing an inner octagonal courtyard that is surrounded by eight tall, perfectly octagonal towers on each of the eight corners.