Day 19 Castel del Monte to Alberobello
How to get to Alberobello
This morning we first visit the castle
built by Frederic II in 1240. It has a quite unique octagonal shape and
each floor has eight rooms. Pay attention to the restrooms.
If you drive back to the coast you can visit :
A little with town with a port and a beautiful duomo built in the 12th century. Fine sculptures at the front of the church and special bronze doors. Open 9.00 −20.00. Next to the church is another castle built by Frederic II Entree fee €2,- (65+ free). Open from 8.30 to 19.30. Both buildings are at the seaside of the city. In the centre are more interesting buildings and monuments.
Once in the city, follow the signs to the ferry; pass the castle and
find a large parking lot. Not free but the shuttle bus to the centre is
free. The castle is built in the 12th century, but in the 13th
century remodeled by Frederic II. Castello Svevo as it is called lies
near the port.
The main attraction is the basilica San Nicola. For the Dutch and the
Russians (Greek or Russian orthodox) this is an important
building. Nicola who lived and died in Turkey in the 4th century was
buried in Myra. Some 1000 years ago inhabitants of Bari have robbed his
bones from Myra. This robbery has paid off since many Russians come
here to pay their respect.
The church itself is a simple white building with a ceiling from later
date. The pillars that keep the ceiling of the crypt up are all
of a different shape. Here you find icons of Greek orhodox origin.