Castel del Monte, Andria
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Castel, Italy

Italy’s mystical Castel del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an eight-sided castle built by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century. (Susan Spano / LAT)
A couple explores Italy’s Barletta Castello, constructed during the Norman period. (Susan Spano / LAT)
An ominous mood envelops the 13th-century Castel del Monte. (Susan Spano / LAT)
A guestroom at the Tenuta Tannoja in the Puglia region of Italy. (Susan Spano/LAT)
The Adriatic Sea flanks Italy’s Trani duomo, completed in 1200. (Susan Spano / LAT)
A frieze in the museum at the Barletta Castello. (Susan Spano / LAT)
Detail of the Basilica of San Nicola in the Old Town section of Bari, Italy. (Susan Spano / LAT)
The Colossus of Barletta in southeastern Italy. (Susan Spano / LAT)