Rome Bracciano Lake
Today you will get “off the beaten path” and enjoy this fun and educational Roman countryside tour to experience beautiful places in terms of both history, archeology, art, nature and food. Your English-speaking chauffeur/guide will welcome you at your place of convenience in downtown Rome or at the airport.
Lake Bracciano is less than an hour north of Rome but a world away from the noise, traffic and crowds of the capital city. The volcanic crater lake is rimmed with low hills, woods and charming, tranquil medieval towns that sit right at its shoreline. The countryside is beautiful and unspoiled – a nature lover’s paradise. The waters of the lake are crystal clear, thanks to environmental initiatives to keep it free from pollution.
Three towns sit on the lake – Bracciano, Anguillara and Trevignano Romano where you’ll find charming atmospheres, quaint shops, coffee bars and restaurants.
Bracciano is better known for its castle “Orsini-Odescalchi” built during the second half of 15th century by Napoleone Orsini. The castle is in great condition and became famous worldwide when American movie star Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes at the castle in 2006. In this majestic castle, surrounded by six cylindrical towers, have sojourned Popes, emperors, artists and it is rich of remarkable collection of medieval weapons and fresco paintings. Guests will appreciate the magnificent view of the lake from the ‘loggia’ located in between the towers. The Odescalchi Castle only allows tours led by their English-speaking guides, so while on the castle tour, you may be with other visitors.
Afterwards, we will continue to Anguillara, another lovely Medieval village of about 12,000 citizens. It takes its name from “Angularia” because of an ancient roman villa positioned exactly on a right corner of the same lake. While here is this Medieval village, we will stop for lunch in a local “Villa B&B” near the lake for an authentic local lunch. A variety of mixed starters and homemade “pasta” together with local mineral water and wine will be served in the magical atmosphere on the veranda overlooking the Bracciano lake. Lunch is included in the cost of the tour.
After lunch, we will continue to Calcata, a small village located high on top of a mountain, where cars and mobile phones are a distant reality. Hidden behind strong and high walls rising directly from the rocks, Calcata defended its inhabitants against all worldly influences, only to surrender to an international community of artists and craftsmen. During the weekends, C alcata turns into a busy little town with a number of art galleries, restaurants, shops and stalls selling handmade jewelry.