The medieval town dominated by an imposing castle is famous for its volcanic lake and quiet atmosphere.
Bracciano is both the name of a pleasant lake and the medieval town overlooking it. It is famous for the majestic Odescalchi castle. Built by the family Orsini in 1470, the stronghold became a Renaissance residence where lavish banquets and feasts were often held. Still privately owned, the castle is accessible for tours and has been refurbished with period furniture. Kids usually enjoy its collection of ancient armour.
It’s nice to get lost in the borgo of Bracciano, a relaxing town with paved narrow alleys and little squares. It is also renowned for its gastronomy, including a local truffle.
Complete your day trip:
families and relax seekers
You can relax on the shore of Bracciano lake or reach the smaller uncontaminated lake of Martignano. Both are former volcanos, but the second is surrounded by green fields only, while the main one has a mosaic of tiny villages all around. You can also enjoy a paddling and sailing break on the quiet waters.
active travellers and curious wanderers
The lost city of Monterano is nearby. Trek a short distance to admire the cluster of walls, covered with ivy, and the remains of a church, a castle and even an arched aqueduct. Nature has taken over the abandoned buildings creating a fascinating setting (which has been used as backdrop for many movies).