Private Rome Countryside Tour to Tuscania, Ceri and Bracciano Castle
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starting time:8:00 AM from Rome Hotel 9:00 AM from Civitavecchia
Before ushering in the era of rebirth (Renaissance), the Medieval Italian peninsula was divided into numerous kingdoms with fortified walled cities perched on hilltops with enduring stone buildings and castles that are characteristic of many medieval Italian towns and villages today.
Rome’s countryside is a beguiling land with gentle landscapes studded with charming medieval villages that are the closest thing to traveling back in time to the captivating middle ages that have inspired fairytales and legends.
On this Medieval Wonders Countryside Tour, you will have the opportunity to visit Tuscania - a remarkable medieval walled town with mesmerizing views, enjoy lunch in Ceri - a tiny medieval fortified clifftop village, and visit the imposing Castello Odescalchi in the historic lakeside town of Bracciano.
This Rome countryside tour is possible as a day tour from Rome with pick up at your hotel accommodation, or as a shore excursion from Civitavecchia with pick up on the pier next to your cruise ship.
For up to 2 Persons from Rome Hotel: 450 EUROS
For up to 4 Persons from Rome Hotel: 475 EUROS
For up to 6 Persons from Rome Hotel: 500 EUROS
For up to 8 Persons from Rome Hotel: 550 EUROS
For up to 2 Persons from Civitavecchia Port: 500 EUROS
For up to 4 Persons from Civitavecchia Port: 525 EUROS
For up to 6 Persons from Civitavecchia Port: 550 EUROS
For up to 8 Persons from Civitavecchia Port: 600 EUROS
* DATES on the Booking Form Calendar that are NOT Selectable, are NOT AVAILABLE.
Your Medieval Wonders Countryside tour begins with a relaxing drive through the bucolic Roman countryside to Tuscania.
Tuscania is one of the oldest towns in Italy with a history dating back 3,000 years when it was an Etruscan establishment and one of the most important crossroads of inner Etruria. Later Tuscania became an Ancient Roman settlement.
Although vestiges of its Etruscan and Roman past are still evident, what we see now is a medieval town surrounded by fortified with protective walls strategically situated on a hill.
Medieval towers and fortified city walls, ruins of Rivellino castle, imposing Romanesque churches, and medieval stone buildings that make up the historic center lends Tuscania its authentic medieval splendor.
Stroll along atmospheric streets to the belvedere where you will discover the breathtaking views that inspire not only poets but each and everyone one of us. Upon visiting Tuscania in the early 1900s, English novelist and poet, D.H. Lawrence wrote: “The Most beautiful view in all Italy: the Etruscan valley of Tuscania”.
Just outside the city walls are Tuscania’s two historically and architecturally significant churches: San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore that stand in majestic solitude.
It may appear strange that these important churches are situated so far outside the town’s fortified walls, but that is where the initial settlement was established. When the city walls were rebuilt to protect the town, the walls did not expand to also include the churches.
The imposing church of Saint Peter was built on top of the ancient acropolis which is now Colle San Pietro (St Peter’s Hill), and Santa Maria Maggiore was built in the valley below, facing the church of Saint Peter.
These imposing churches are considered among the region's most beautiful and significant must-visit churches. Both churches were built upon ancient Etruscan temples, with St Maria Maggiore built upon the temple of Janus, the 2-faced god of the gateway into the afterworld.
The churches are unique not only in their Gothic architecture, Pagan influences, and Paleo-Christian origins. Still, they are both remarkably preserved considering that San Pietro was built in the 8th century and Santa Maria Maggiore between the 11th and 12 centuries.
Your Medieval Wonders Countryside Tour continues with a scenic drive through the rustic landscapes to Ceri where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious traditional Italian lunch at a local family-owned restaurant and explore the village.
Ceri is a 13th-century borgo built around its castle with reinforced walls that gives it the appearance of a medieval fortress isolated on top of a steep plateau.
Ceri’s medieval past dominating the present is revealed as soon as you arrive at the bottom of the cliff.
The ancient rock-carved street that accesses the town is wide enough for only one vehicle to pass through at a time. This unusual traffic dilemma was resolved with the installation of two traffic lights: one at the bottom of the hill, and one where the street ends in the main square above so vehicles take turn driving into and out of the village.
The village square is surrounded by ochre and sienna-colored medieval buildings aged by the passage of time. Prominently located in the square is the beautiful Sanctuary of the Madonna di Ceri, a simple Romanesque church that was built above an ancient temple where ancient Etruscans and Romans venerated the pagan goddess Vesta. Vibrant ancient frescoes with biblical scenes and figures adorn the walls of the church.
After a delicious traditional Italian lunch, you will join your driver for another relaxing drive to Bracciano, the medieval lakeside town dominated by the imposing Orsini - Odescalchi Castle (commonly referred to as the Bracciano Castle).
Originally built as a medieval fortified military defense tower, Bracciano Castle metamorphosed into a residential castle in the late 1400s by the prominent Orsini family. By the 16th century, the castle saw many renovations that gave it the opulent appearance to be admired today, and in 1696 the castle was sold to the powerful Odescachi family who is still the rightful owners of the castle today.
Although privately owned, Bracciano Castle serves as a museum where visitors will be dazzled by the sumptuous private apartments that, once upon a time, were the private quarters of kings, popes, lords, and ladies.
The splendid rooms are decorated with original Renaissance-era furniture, priceless paintings by masters of that era, exquisite wall frescoes, ornate ceilings, a castle kitchen large enough to prepare meals for the entire castle, and fine collections of Renaissance armor and weaponry. With a bit of imagination, you will feel transported back in the time of fairytale castles and knightly legends.
A walk on top of the crenelated castle walls along the ramparts where the garrison patrolled in defense of the castle will reward you with a spellbinding view of the shimmering Bracciano Lake and the surrounding countryside. An actual volcanic crater, Lake Bracciano is one of the most pristine lakes in Italy.
From here, you will join your driver on a relaxing drive back to your hotel in Rome or to your ship in Civitavecchia, committing to memory the wondrous medieval places you explored in the idyll Roman countryside.
Thank you for booking our Medieval Wonders Countryside Tour from Rome and from Civitavecchia, and for choosing Stefano Rome Tours for your private tours from Rome and Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia. We look forward to showing you our beautiful Italy!
Payment for this Medieval Wonders Countryside Tour can be made in Euro funds at the end of your journey directly to your driver, or you may prepay in advance via PayPal or Credit Card online when you Confirm your Tour.
We kindly ask that cancellations be made at least 7 days in advance so we can rebook your service and your reserved driver does not lose work for that day. We thank you for your cooperation and consideration.
** PREPAID SERVICES can only be Refunded the Net Rate we receive from your prepayment. Net Rate is the actual service price minus the fees retained by PayPal/Credit Card that are not reimbursed to us in case of refunds. We can only refund the portion we receive from the PayPal/CC company.
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* BRACCIANO CASTLE TICKETS are approximately 10 Euros per person to be purchased on-site upon arrival (ticket prices are subject to change without notice).
** PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF THE CASTLE: Odescalchi Castle offers private guided tours with an English-speaking Guide with advanced Non-Refundable Reservations at just 180 Euros INCLUDING entry tickets. Advance non-refundable prepayment is required as the Castle does not issue refunds for cancellations.
Please inform us upon booking this tour if you wish to have a private guide so we can book a guide on your behalf. Otherwise, you will SELF TOUR the castle on your own.
For Day Tours from Rome hotel, your driver will meet you inside your hotel lobby, or area permitted by your hotel.
From Apartments or B&Bs without a lobby, your driver will meet you at your address outside the main entrance.
* If your hotel/accommodation is situated on a street or in an area restricted to vehicle traffic, your driver will park the vehicle as close as lawfully possible and will meet you on foot at your Address. From there, your driver will accompany you to your parked vehicle. Door to Door service may not be possible on streets or areas restricted to traffic or stops.
For Cruise Port Tours, our driver will meet you on the Pier next to your Cruise Ship at your Tour pick up time holding a sign with the NAME in your reservation.
Please do NOT leave the ship area, and do NOT take a shuttle bus outside the Cruise port.
Look for the driver in the same area as ALL the private drivers who will be waiting for their clients to be disembarked.
* This Medieval Wonders Countryside Tour provides an English-speaking Driver who is NOT a licensed tour guide.
Italy laws permit only licensed tour guides to accompany guests to sightsee on foot away from the vehicle. To be compliant with Italy laws, your driver cannot lawfully guide you into the sites, and will be obliged to remain with the vehicle while you SELF-TOUR away from the vehicle.
Lunch is available only in the town of Ceri, all restaurants are priced at approximately 20 Euros per person depending on what you order from the menu.
There are no panini or pizza places available in the region of this tour, only local restaurants that are famous for their excellent cuisine. Restaurant choices in this region are limited, and we have no control over the menu options or service provided inside any establishment you lunch at.