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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Full tour details can be found here: http://www.stefanorometours.com/tours/castlesandlakes/
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the Stefano Rome Tours team