Take a journey into the idyllic peace and quiet of the lush countryside around Bracciano Lake and visit its imposing 15th century fortress on our medieval Odescalchi Castle tour with gourmet lunch. No stay in Rome can be complete without exploring some of incredible gems in the area surrounding the city. The lake, castle, and quaint town of Bracciano are the perfect mix of fresh air, history and authentic flavor.
On the way up, an expert City Wonders guide will provide you with fascinating stories about the rolling hills and rural areas you're traveling through, as well as set the scene for the arrival in Bracciano with Odescalchi Castle dominating its rooftops. You will be catapulted into old-world charm with this stunning mix of scenery that very few places in the world can offer.
Entering the castle is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip, as you walk up the ramp and inside its walls. From here, your guide will take you to the piano nobile, where you will walk through exquisitely decorated halls with original fresco cycles, as you hear the intriguing story of the castle and its many inhabitants, including the Orsini and the Borgia.
See the great hall with the busts of the Twelve Caesars, bedrooms with beautifully worked period furniture, as well as the amazing collection of weaponry and armor.
Once used by Roman nobles for its unmatched strategic position, it is now the venue of choice for celebrity weddings. Your visit will include the 'Secret Garden' where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, as well as Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt exchanged their vows. Watch as castle staff unlock the door to the Odescalchi Princess's private apartments especially for your group for a rare look at how the current nobility lives, and the artistic treasures inside.
After bidding farewell to the magic and mystery of this awesome dwelling, you will have free time to stroll the charming cobble-stoned streets of the town before heading to a top local restaurant to delight in the best of the region's culinary tradition during a 3-course lunch. All in an unparalleled context overlooking the lake.
Our buses are not equipped with bathrooms. At the entrance of the Castle there are restrooms so clients can have a small break to go use them before the Castle tour starts.
You will have approximately half an hour of free time in order to visit the small, charming old town of Bracciano.
The restaurant we located for you is ten minutes away from Odescalchi Castle with a beautiful lakeside setting – ideal for taking photos. A bus will bring you after the tour in the Castle to the restaurant.
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