1. Bracciano: Odescalchi-Orsini ancient Castle Tour with Lunch
Anyone who loves the Middle Ages with its atmospheres, castles, knights and mysterious stories cannot miss this shore-excursion to Bracciano. Odescalchi&Orsini Castle is located about 50 km southeast of Civitavecchia on the shores of Lake Bracciano. Built between 1470 and 1485 under the guidance of Virginio Gentile Orsini stands one of the most beautiful, impressive and above all original Renaissance residences in Europe. It underwent many transformations over the centuries due to its strategic position at the gates of Rome and disputed between the most noble and wealthy families of the city, such as the Colonna and the Borgia. Pope Alexander VI Borgia even confiscated the Castle in 1496. In 1679 the Odescalchi family, whose members included Pope Innocent IX, took over from the Orsinis. Visit the more than 20 rooms on the Piano Nobile, the paintings, the furnishings and the splendid medieval kitchen with armory. Admire the splendid landscape overlooking the lake from the mighty towers and at the end enjoy a walk in the ancient village of Bracciano. Today, the castle has now become a famous location for parties, with actor Tom Cruise choosing it for his wedding with Katie Holmes. After you have taken the time to explore the castle, take a short walking tour through the historic center of Bracciano, and finally reach the Belvedere della Sentinella. Once there, take the unique opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding countryside below. Finally, round off your tour by replenishing your energy with lunch in a typical restaurant with local products.