1. Italy
  2. Apulia
  3. Foggia

Lucera: 2-hr Guided Tour of Amphitheater, Church & Fortress

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Explore Lucera on this 2-hour guided tour. See the largest Roman amphitheater in southern Italy. Discover the impressive Swabian-Angevin Fortress and it’s Tower of the Lioness. Enter the Basilica of Santa Maria and see its gorgeous wooden sculpture.
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Duration 2 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover Lucera's ancient Roman past by visiting the Augustan amphitheater
  • Follow the ancient walls of the Swabian-Angevin fortress and visit the Queen's Tower
  • Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, supposedly built on site of the Saracen mosque
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Your tour begins at the entrance of Lucera’s amphitheater. This stunning theater dates back to the Augustan era and is the largest and oldest of its kind in southern Italy. In its heyday it held over 16,000 spectators. Walk through the Ionic columns of its entrance into the arena which is bordered by a water collection channel. Explore the whole amphitheater complex which contains a gallery underneath the arena, a gym for the athletes, as well as an infirmary.

Travel to the other side of town and see the Swabian-Angevin fortress. This impressive medieval fortress was built on the Albano hill in the 13th-century and an important Muslim settlement. It once housed 60,000 Muslims who had traveled from Sicily and were loyal to the Swabian family. See the remains of the Frederician Palatium, the massive 13-meter high wall which extended for 900 meters. Admire the Tower of the Lioness, the sturdy tower which looks over the fortress.

Continue to Lucera’s historic center and visit the Cathedral Basillica of Santa Maria Assunta. This church was built by Charles II of the Angevin family in 1302, and is thought to have been built upon the remains of a Saracen mosque. Enter it’s side alter and see the wooden statue of Santa Maria. Gaze at the altar of the Presbytery where the remains of Castel Fiorentino, the canteen of Emperor Fredereick II of the Holy Roman Empire are stored.
Includes
  • Licensed guide
What’s Not Included
  • Entry Ticket to the Roman amphitheater
  • Entry Ticket to the fortress
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation/pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Piazza Padre Angelo Cuomo square (Svevo-Angioina fortress entry)

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From US$ 211.46 Per group up to 54