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Andria, a provincial capital along with Barletta and Trani, is famous for the fortress that Frederick II built, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for its gourmet products.

Standing in solitary splendour and dominating the surrounding countryside, Castel del Monte is one of Europe's most beautiful castles. The fortress was constructed according to emperor Frederick II's taste, and its grandeur and eccentric style reflect the personality of the man known as the “Stupor Mundi” (“Wonder of the World”).

Explore the labyrinthine alleys and airy piazzas of the old town with their votive niches, aristocratic crests, stone masks, and tapering streets. In the Casalino district, you'll find Europe’s narrowest street. The oldest places of worship include the Church of Sant’Agostino, birthplace of the Knights Templar, and the Norman-era Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.

Make sure you take a gastronomic tour to discover the city’s gourmet specialties, from the Museo del Confetto to the trattorias, where you can try the excellent local burrata. To enjoy performances by the new talents of contemporary theatre, come in August for the Festival Castel dei Mondi. (Fonte www.viaggiareinpuglia.it)

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