Explore the volcanic Lake Bracciano dotted with medieval villages and castles on an off the beaten path Rome shore trip. Discover unusual and amazing places in terms of history, art and nature. Enjoy the quaint picturesque towns of Anguillara and Bracciano bordering the suggestive lake, the majestic Orsini Odescalchi Castle and the scenic Roman countryside. Everything you could wish for just a stone throw from Civitavecchia Rome port. Suitable for families with children the medieval town of Bracciano, the volcanic lake and the castle with its secrets are perfect ingredients to arouse the curiosity and adventurous spirit of kids who are fans of fairy tale and fantasy stories. Best for cruise passengers who have already been to Rome and want to go off the beaten track.
A Nancy Aiello English speaking licensed chauffeur accompanies you throughout the day from the time you disembark and return to the port in time to board your cruise ship. Meet your personal local chauffeur at Civitavecchia Rome pier after disembarking your cruise ship holding a sign with your name in. Your private tour begins with an approx. 60 minute drive (traffic pending) through the Lazio countryside in the comfort of a private fully licensed insured a/c deluxe vehicle to reach the off the usual tourist trail Lake Bracciano area. Formed within an ancient volcanic crater the ancient town of Bracciano has a picturesque setting above the lake and an impressive castle. Lake Bracciano has long been a favorite weekend retreat since the time of the Romans. A medieval fiefdom, complete with fairytale castle, gazing out across a lake. This is how Bracciano appears to the many visitors coming to admire this enchanting little town. In the historic center of Bracciano, characterized by its maze of picturesque medieval lanes and alleyways there are a number of terraces overlooking the lake and great restaurants where local cuisine meets the requirements of gourmands. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, take photos, sample local delights, stroll along the lakeside promenade. One of the most scenic spots to view the lake is from the imposing 15th century Orsini-Odescalchi Castle. Visited by John Kennedy and Tina Turner, the castle has gained modern fame for celebrity weddings like that of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. The Orsini Odescalchi Fortress is one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Europe. Scholars agree this is one of the most interesting of Renaissance castles because it is in pristine conditions and still has its original furniture. The castle has an irregular quadrilateral form and six cylindrical towers. Enjoy a tour of the castle rooms discovering furnishings many of which are miraculously unaltered by the passage of time. Inside the castle walls admire the Papalina Library and a series of magnificent reception halls hosting a remarkable collection of medieval weapons and fresco paintings. Well worth visiting is the castle kitchen in which there is a fascinating collection of old cooking tools and the secret hanging garden facing the lake. The ancient Roman town of Anguillara sits in a raised position just opposite the lake. Stroll along the lakeside promenade, browse for souvenirs or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Next take a comfortable ride back to Civitavecchia Rome port of call in time to board your cruise ship. Contact us for an enjoyable Lake Bracciano tour experience.