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Bracciano: Odescalchi-Orsini ancient Castle Tour with Lunch

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.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

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.

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!

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!

Great alternative out of conventional circuit.

Andrea very nice and attentive that makes the visit a very good experience, especially for those who already know traditional Rome. It included a typical lunch and an extra visit to the beautiful city of Tarquinea, culturally very interesting.

Wonderful tour! The Odelschi Castle is beautiful and we enjoyed our delicious meal! Sandro was a great driver/guide.