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Bracciano: Odescalchi-Orsini ancient Castle Tour with Lunch

Bracciano: Odescalchi-Orsini ancient Castle Tour with Lunch

From US$ 200.01 per person

Visit, admire the majestic Odescalchi Castle, one of the most beautiful, real imposing Renaissance mansions in Europe where Tom Cruise got married to Katie Holmes. Have lunch in front of the lake.

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Duration 5 - 7.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
• Pickup service is offered from all hotels, B&Bs, and apartments located in the city center • Please include the accommodation name and address in your reservation • The pickup will take place at approximately 8:45 AM • There may be an additional wait of 5 to 10 minutes due to local traffic conditions
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Odescalchi Castle
  • Enjoy amazing views of Lake Bracciano
  • Step back in time to the Middle Ages
  • Have a light lunch on the lake
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off service from Civitavecchia port/area
  • round trip transfer
  • Castle's ticket entrance fee
  • light lunch on the lake
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
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Go outside port drop off. Look for your name immediately On small sign. Away from Crowded bus tours. See authentic small town, meet the local meat & cheese man..very hospitable. Lake is warm for swimming. Erna was great showing us the sites. Thank you Erna ! We could not finish the outstanding Italian lunch. Catered to vegetarians! Boat did not make port until next day and GYG made a call to arranged the tour again ! In 5 minutes ! AT NO EXTRA COST. 12 day cruise....a tour each port....By far the two GYG Tours were the most Authentic and enjoyable. Thank you GYG for connecting us with guides like Erna! I am sold on GYG.

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September 27, 2019

Wonderful Day- Loved Bracciano and the Castle

Andrea was a great guide. He could not have provided for a nicer day, doing something new rather than going into Rome for the day. We loved the drive along the Ocean to Bracciano. The visit to Odescalchi Castle was well worth it, both interesting and not at all crowded. Lunch in town was good and we had the opportunity to drive along the lakeshore beaches and take a walk on the lakeshore Boardwalk (and have a gelato) in the next town of Trevignano Romano before returning to Civitavecchia. We loved learning the history of the area and ideas for a future trip. Thanks Andrea!

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July 22, 2019

The tour is a glorious immersion in countryside beyond Rome!

We had a fantastic post-cruise excursion to Lake Bracciano. We were thrilled that the tour could be customized to accommodate some physical limitations and an airport drop off. Our guide, Andrea, took us to the best locations to experience the treasures of the past and the beauty of the region today. The day was perfectly planned with the admission fee and lunch at a charming restaurant with regional specialties included. We could not have had a better experience!

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June 20, 2019

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