Fascinating Castles of Italy
Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte in southern Italy in the region of Apulia is not only one of the most significant castles in the country but has also been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The original architectural plan for the castle was drawn up by the French architect Pierre de Chaule and the building of the castle was initiated by Charles I of Anjou. While both the Angevins and succeeding Aragonese used the castle as a royal palace, the later transformed it into a fortified structure that can be seen today, making it also increasingly larger and more imposing.