Bracciano and CeriYour Italy Tours
The town Bracciano is located on the top of a large hill, where you will visit Castello Odescalchi, (still owned and occupied by the Odescalchi family). The ancient Latin name for Bracciano was Arcenum, which means “fortified.” Bracciano derived its name from its position high on top of a hill, where the surrounding mountains and the lake and provided natural protection from invaders.
Lake Bracciano is a volcanic lake with black, sandy shores extending over 57 square kms, with a perimeter of 33 kms. It can be completely toured by car via the panoramic road, which circles the entire lake. This lake is over 400 feet deep, (Jacques Cousteau failed to reach the bottom during an expedition in the 1960’s!) and has two drainage points: The Annone River and the Paulus Aqueduct, which feed the lake and keep the level of water constant. The lake is also fed by underwater hot springs, which help to ensure a temperature during summer of around 70 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Your tour will continues to the medieval village of CERI, settled on a tufa rock spur of volcanic origin. A crown of crenellated walls embraces Ceri’s ancient houses facing the tiny central square, where you will see Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary and the austere Palace of the noble family Torlonia. A combination of remarkable archeological, historical and naturalistic interest forms the background of this charming agricultural settlement, creating altogether a picture of rare beauty. We find ourselves in the one of the greatest archeological areas of Europe, the central settlement of the Etruscan civilization. Ceri is also an ideal starting point for other desirable itineraries – e.g. a drive beginning with the castles along the seaside of Palo and Santa Severa towards the fortress of Michelangelo and the harbor of Civitavecchia.
Your English speaking driver will pick you up from the port in the morning and will take you back to the dock in the afternoon.
Please note our tours are flexible and can be customized to meet your individual needs.
All rates are quoted in Euro funds. Payment in Euro and/or Euro Travelers Cheques. Price includes English speaking driver for the tour. Price does not include lunch, gratuities or entrance fees.
We can also offer you private Licensed guides who will give you all the possible information. Official Licensed guides are selected by us. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
* You can also book your guided tour at the Castle Odescalchi on the link below: www.odescalchi.it
Please note that Castle Bracciano is closed on Mondays!
|Mercedes A/C Sedan up to 4 people||€ 550 All inclusive|
|Mercedes A/C Minivan up to 6 people||€ 600 All inclusive|
|Mercedes A/C Minibus up to 8 people||€ 650 All inclusive|
|Mercedes A/C Minibus up to 15 people||€ 1500 All inclusive|
|Mercedes A/C Minibus up to 24 people||€ 2200 All inclusive|