Odescalchi Castle at Bracciano Lake Tour with Lunch
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Odescalchi Castle at Bracciano Lake Tour with Lunch

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Tour Highlights

  • Round-trip transportation from Rome in a comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance ticket to Odescalchi Castle and 'Secret Garden'
  • Exclusive access to the private apartments of the Princess
  • Free time in Bracciano to visit shops and buy local specialties
  • Expert English-speaking guide with captivating commentary
  • Intimate and relaxed group of 25 or fewer
  • Audio headsets, so you can always hear your guide


Step into the beautiful countryside north of Rome to Odescalchi Castle, one of Italy's best preserved feudal fortresses, home to an astonishing collection of 15th century furnishings and weapons, and a grand venue for celebrity weddings topped by an elegant lunch overlooking Bracciano Lake.

Tour Description

Adventure beyond the hustle and bustle of the Eternal City and head into Rome’s lush countryside. Watch as the peaceful tranquility of hillsides and open fields stream past the windows of your comfortable air-conditioned coach. Here, in quaint Central Italy, you’ll enter the town of Bracciano. As charming as it is picturesque, this old-world village is home to one of the most impressive and best preserved medieval feudal fortresses: Odescalchi Castle. Its imposing architecture with intricate rooftop battlements, is something that you have to see to believe.

With our exclusive partnership, you will be treated to the unique opportunity of visiting the Princess’s secret garden – which today has been the location of celebrity weddings including Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and many others. You’ll also get to visit the Princess’s private rooms, not open to the general public. This chamber, too, has been utilized by famous brides and grooms, now amorous newlyweds.

Once you’ve fully explored the mystery, magic and secrecy shielded by the impenetrable walls of Odescalchi Castle, enjoy time on you own to stroll among the charming alleyways of Bracciano. This tiny, picturesque town also embodies the medieval magic of the castle that dots its landscape. Allow yourself to get lost among its narrow and beautiful streets!

But more than anything, Italy is known for its impeccable food. You will be treated to a true local dining delight in a restaurant overlooking Lake Bracciano. As delicious to your taste buds as the scenery is to your eyes, enjoy a 3-course lunch with wine in this serene setting.

This tour allows you to venture beyond the fast pace of the capital, to the quietude of central Italy’s countryside. And to make the most of your valuable, and limited, vacation time, we’ll have you back to Rome by early afternoon. There will still be plenty of time to further enjoy your stay in the Eternal City. This tour is a much-needed opportunity for rest, relaxation and a reach back into time. Be sure to take advantage of it.

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What's included

  • Round-trip transport from Rome in a comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance ticket to the Castle
  • Access to the Princess’ private rooms and garden
  • 3 course lunch meal including a glass of wine or soft drinks
  • Free time at Bracciano village
  • Bracciano Lake
  • Expert local guide
  • Headsets

Sites Visited

  • Odescalchi Castle including secret garden and Princess private rooms
  • Bracciano town
  • Bracciano Lake


  • Are there toilets available on the bus?

    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.

  • Do we have “free time” during the tour?

    You will have approximately half an hour of free time in order to visit the small, charming old town of Bracciano.

  • Are we having lunch at the Castle?

    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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