Guided tour

Barletta: The Town of the Challenge Private Tour

Activity provider: Le Terre di Federico

Barletta: The Town of the Challenge Private Tour

Activity provider: Le Terre di Federico

From US$ 195.27 per group up to 25

Spend time visiting the medieval Apulien town of Barletta, known historically for the early 16th-century "Challenge" between 13 Italian and 13 French knights. See the Castle, the “Cellar of the Challenge,” and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore.

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Duration 2 hours
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German, Italian, English


  • Explore the 11th-century Castle of Barletta
  • Visit the "Cellar of the Challenge"
  • Tour the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, Barletta’s most important church
Full description
Discover Barletta, famous for the Challenge that occurred between 13 Italian knights and 13 French knights in 1503. Begin with a visit to the medieval castle of the eleventh century, founded by the Normans and expanded by the Spanish in the sixteenth century. Among the sculptures preserved in the castle, you can visit the bust of Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen of Swabia limestone, dating from the thirteenth century. Go on to visit the historic "Winery of the Challenge", historically known as the "House of Poison" for the challenge famous challenge that was launched there. After the winery, discover the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore of the twelfth century, the most important church in Barletta. The cathedral is divided into two parts, the front being a typically Romanesque architectural style of the twelfth century, while the back part is of Gothic architectural style of the fourteenth century. The tour will end outside the baroque palace "Della Marra", with paintings by Giuseppe De Nittis and the visit of the bronze giant named Heraclius next to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Travel guide service
  • Ticket to the castle + winery: EUR 6 (EUR 3 euro for seniors over 65 and students)
  • De Nittis Picture Gallery Ticket (optional visit): EUR 6
  • Transfer service
  • Transfers to / from Bari airport/port are available on request

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Meeting point

Street III Novembre (at the entrance to the Castle)

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  • Cancelation policy:
  • All excursions are non-refundable within 48 hours of the scheduled date.

Product ID: 31440