Bracciano is situated on a hill at the southern shore of the same-named lake and is dominated by the imposing medieval castle "Castello Orsini Odescalchi" named after two important noble families.
The city of Rome and the Vatican are about 40 kilometers far of Bracciano and can be easily reached by car or a direct train.
In addition to the castle and the lake Bracciano and its surroundings offer many relaxation and leisure possibilities as well as other points of interest.
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The medieval Bracciano castle of the families Orsini and Odescalchi was built in 1485 and is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved feudal estates in Europe. The castle is private property of the family Orsini. However, during a guided tour you can admire some of the magnificent rooms with sculptures, paintings and medieval furniture.
From the main terrace of the castle you can enjoy a marvelous view of Bracciano lake and its National Park.
Bracciano lake has volcanic origin.
On its shores there are three picturesque small towns: Bracciano, Anguillara and Trevignano.
As opposed to other Italian lakes, there have been maintained natural reserves around the lake offering the opportunity to go for a walk and make excursions by bike or horse.
The same is true for the forest of Manziana, near Angela Garden, where you can find also barbecues and picnic areas. On the shores of the lake you can find several restaurants and bathing places that you can easily reach by walking.
Those who don't like to walk can admire the lake from the only motorship permitted on the lake that connects the three little towns. Afterwards you can visit the thermal SPA Pozze di San Callisto which is open until late evening.