Castles and Lake Tour: Bracciano Lake, Cerveteri

Rome has numerous monuments and attractions to visit, but why not get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day and explore the Lazio countryside?

Whether a day tour from Rome or a shore excursion from Civitavecchia, this unique  Castles and Lake Tour is the perfect way to explore the beautiful and mainly unspoiled region of Lazio.

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On this tour you will visit the formidable Renaissance Bracciano Castle (Castello Orsini-Odesalchi), have an authentic Italian lunch at a restaurant in the charming medieval clifftop hamlet of Ceri,and explore ancient tombs that belong to this ancient mysterious civilization inside the ancient Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri.

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BRACCIANO CASTLE  / CASTELLO ORSINI – ODESCALCHI 

 

Bracciano Castle / Castello Orsini - Odescalchi

Bracciano Castle / Castello Orsini – Odescalchi

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The tour’s first stop is the small town of Bracciano, which is reached via the Roman Via Aurelia road that dates way back to 241 BC.

This quiet town is home to Odescalchi Castle, a well-kept castle that was made famous when Tom Cruise decided to marry his bride (Katie Holmes ) there in 2006.

After the castle we will take a walk around the village where you can do a spot of shopping, sight seeing and enjoy a nice stroll.

 

LAKE BRACCIANO

 

View of Lake Bracciano from Odescalchi Castle

View of Lake Bracciano from Odescalchi Castle

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Next stop will be the actual lake itself. Lake Bracciano is one of Italy’s cleanest and largest lakes, with a circular perimeter of approximately 20 miles, and was originally a volcanic crater. It is a popular location for sunbathing and swimming for those who want to avoid the busy beaches.

 

THE MEDIEVAL BORGO OF CERI

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The Medieval Borgo of Ceri

The Medieval Borgo of Ceri

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After a relaxing stop-off at the lake, we will continue to the small village of Ceri, just outside Cerveteri.

This picturesque village occupies a fortified plateau of tuff and was inhabited by the ancient Etruscans, as well as the Romans. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Romanesque Church of the Madonna di Ceri with its Giotto-inspired frescoes and ‘cosmati’ floors.

 

CERVETERI BANDITACCIA ETRUSCAN NECROPOLIS

 

Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis Tombs, Cerveteri

Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis Tombs, Cerveteri

 

After lunch at one of the excellent value-for-money restaurants, we will head to our final stop, Cerveteri.

This home to the ancient Etruscan tombs, built by a civilization that we know very little about and who occupied parts of Italy even before the Romans.

 

Tomb of Reliefs, Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

Tomb of Reliefs, Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

 

Please remember: To enter churches, you will have to have your shoulders and knees covered, otherwise you will be refused entry!

Castle and LakesTour Highlights:


Orsini – Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano :: Lake Bracciano :: Ceri :: Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri

Pick up time: approximately 9.00am

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Full tour details can be found here: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/castlesandlakes/

Thank you for reading our blog. We look forward to seeing you in Italy

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team

 

 

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Christian Rome – Day tour in Rome

A visit to Rome would not be complete without a tour of some of the city’s best known Christian monuments and landmarks, which include the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Wall and of course the Vatican, home to St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

 

 

Our Christian Rome Tour available as a day tour from Rome or a shore excursion from Civitavecchia, will introduce you to the main points of interest that made Rome the centre of Christianity, and you will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Saints, Popes, and ancient Romans who have contributed to what Rome is today.

Due to magnificent architecture, world famous paintings and sculptures, as well as remarkable frescoes, as all of these spiritually significant sites have a very important and interesting history and are part of Italy’s cultural heritage.

 

 

We start at the Circus Maximus, the enormous ancient Roman stadium at the foot of Palatine Hill where the chariot races took place (think Ben Hur).

 

From here, we continue to one of the four great basilicas of Rome, St. Paul Outside-the-Wall, which was built by Emperor Constantine and said to be located above the burial ground of Saint Paul.

 

 

Continuing along the Appian Way, the 2000-year old road that leads to Apulia and Brindisi and where Spartacus and his army were crucified, we will make our way to the ancient catacombs. It is here where the early Christians would bury their dead or hold church services out of sight from the public, due to a fear of persecution.

Before stopping off for some lunch we will continue the tour to Piazza Venezia and the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, which was dedicated to the first king of Italy.

After enjoying a delicious traditional Roman lunch it is now time to head towards the Vatican, noted as one of the world’s smallest states and more importantly home to the Pope and the Catholic Church.

You will be given the chance to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with its amazing ceiling painted by Michelangelo. After viewing the masterpieces found in the Vatican, the tour will take us to the Pantheon, once the temple to all Roman gods, it remains one of the best preserved Roman buildings.

Just around the corner from here is our penultimate destination, the city’s largest Baroque fountain, the instantly recognisable Trevi Fountain, where visitors throw in a coin to be assured of a return visit to Rome.

Our tour finally ends at the Spanish Steps, where you can take a rest and enjoy a tasty Italian gelato before we set off back home.

Please don’t forget: To enter any of the churches in Rome, you will have to have your shoulders and knees covered, otherwise you will be refused entry!

Tour Highlights
Circus Maximus :: St. Paul Outside the Wall Church :: Appian Way :: Catacombs :: Vittorio Emanuele Monument :: Vatican Museum :: Sistine Chapel :: St. Peter’s Basilica
Pick up time: approximately 9.00am
Return time: approximately 5.00pm
Full tour details can be found here: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/christianrome/    

We look forward to seeing you in Rome!

with love,

the Stefano Rome Tours team