Andria is a charming city on the eastern coast of Italy in the newly formed province of Barletta-Andria-Trani in the Apulia region. This is a particularly interesting city for those who are interested in history and learning about the culture of Italy. If you choose to visit this city or the surrounding area, then here are some of the best things to see and do.
Castle del Monte
Located just 20 minutes from the city is the Castle del Monte and this is one of the most famous castles in Italy. It is for this reason that it is one of the biggest attractions in Andria. This symmetrical castle was built by Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century and is a World Heritage Site. The sculptures and stone designs are an interesting feature of the interior, including a throne sculpted from stone.
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
This 12th-century cathedral is in a Baroque style and is usually simply referred to as Andria Cathedral. It was reconstructed in the 14th-century and this is when the large rose window was added. One of the most prominent features of the cathedral is its large stone bell tower with a pointed spire. Inside the cathedral lies the Crypto of the Holy Savior which contains the tombs of Emperor Frederick II’s wives. The cathedral is also home to a number of important works of art.
Porta San Andrea
In the past, Andria was protected by a series of defensive fortifications to limit entry into the center of the city. One of these structures that dates to the 13th-century is the Saint Andrea Gate. It is named after the original church that stood nearby that was named after Saint Andrea. The gate is an impressive structure that stands out from its surroundings. There are several ornate circular reliefs crowning the gate.
The main square in Andria is uniquely designed and is the main gathering point in the city for activities. It is a fantastic place for eating out as the square is surrounded by restaurants, bars, and cafes. It is also a good place for some retail therapy as the square is surrounded by shops.
Parco Archeologico di San Leucio
Andria is a fantastic city to visit if you are interested in ancient ruins as there are several sites within the city and in the surrounding area. One of the top sites to visit is the San Leucio Archaeological Park. Built in 318 BC, the ancient temple sits on top of the hillside. It is dedicated to the Goddess Minerva. Several ornate columns and the outer wall still exist.
Parco Giuseppe Marano
The huge Ulivi Stadium and the large surrounding public park is a wonderful way to spend a day if you are visiting Andria. You can either enjoy a stroll, partake in sports or wander through the pretty landscaped gardens. The park also houses an amphitheater which is where concerts are held throughout the year.
St. Michael’s Cave
One of the top natural attractions in the area is St. Michael’s Cave which is located in the nearby village of Minervino Murge. It was formed over two million years ago, and is officially called Karst Cavern. There is a church located within the cave that dates back to the 11th century. A beautiful marble and stone monument is situated at the end of the cave and this is dedicated to Saint Michael.
While staying in Andria, you should try to sample some of the local cuisines. Some of the top restaurants to visit include Antichi Sapori and Il Turacciolo. At the former, you have the opportunity to sample some of the more unusual dishes from the area, including specialty meats. Il Turacciolo, on the other hand, is a much more traditional venue and also specializes in outstanding vegetarian dishes.