Frederick II’s enormous castle, shows just what a big fish Lucera once was in the Puglian pond. Built in 1233, it’s 14km northwest of Lucera on a rocky hillock surrounded by a perfect 1km pentagonal wall, guarded by…
On the site of Lucera’s Great Mosque, Puglia’s only Gothic cathedral was built in 1301 by Charles II of Anjou. The altar was once the castle banqueting table.
Dominated by a huge rose window, the contemporaneous Gothic Chiesa di San Francesco incorporates recycled materials from Lucera’s 1st-century-BC Roman amphitheatre.
Lucera’s 1st-century-BC Roman amphitheatre was built for gladiatorial combat and accommodated up to 18,000 people. It’s undergoing restoration so check if it’s open at the tourist office.