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Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano
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Bracciano Castle Half-Day Tour from Rome with Lunch
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Bracciano
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Castello di Bracciano - a stone's throw from Rome - is one of the most impressive castles in Italy, Europe and the world. Completed in 1485 by the Orsini family, around an existing 12th century Vico fortress, it is one of the few renaissance castles in Italy that - thanks to the Odescalchi family - is open to the public. It also plays host to numerous weddings, galas and important cultural events throughout the year.
Reviewed May 5, 2012

Very charming, well worth the long train ride from Rome. (do note that the metrobus passes are valid only up to Cesarno)
After you exit the train station, turn right and walk for about 5 min towards the main road and left upon hitting the main road. Once on the main road, you"ll see the beautiful castle.

Was advised upon ticket purchase that the tours are in Italian, but did not have much problems as there were English signs at each room. The lawn was gorgeous, and memorable. Would have loved to get married on that lawn! (Unfortunately, I'm not Katie, such luck eludes me!)

While we were there, it appeared that there was going to be some film shooting, so there were huge equipment vans rolling in and crowds of young fans around!

Unfortunate that there was a transport strike (I later found out that strikes are per-planned and you can pre-plan your journey around it to avoid the inconvenience) and we were stuck for two hours with little alternatives to get back to Rome city.

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Reviewed September 10, 2011

After many years of living in Bracciano as a child before moving to the US, I came back with my wife (who is American) to show her the castle. We were in a group that was mostly non Italian speaking (Germans and Americans). Nowhere did it say the tour would only be in Italian so when the guide started speaking, one of the German visitors pointed out almost no one spoke Italian. The guide was very put off and said (in English) the tour was in Italian and there would be signs in each room once we got in that would be in English. That already seemed like a scam to me - many people might choose to not spend the money if they knew they are not going to understand a thing. Anyway, once in the first room, it was clearly apparent to me that the English signs were but a fraction of what the guide was saying so I started whispering in my wife's ear what she was saying. Before long, you could see some of the visitors had gravitated towards me so they could at least understand some of what she was saying. About hlafway through (in the Isabella Room), the guide stopped talking, looked at me, raised her voice and told me I was disturbing everyone, and she was tired of having to wait for me to finish translating and she had other tours to go back to and that she was going to have to be there until 8PM (like that's my problem?). Unreal. Ok, so first of all, I am a professional interpreter, so I don't need ANYONE to wait for me. I can keep up just fine, and I was whispering anyway. She was just pissed off that the majrity of the group had started listening to me. In fact, some of the US visitors came up to me afterwards saying they were sorry I stopped and they had been trying to listen to me. Once in the kitchens, the guide gave this really long explanation on where things used to be etc. and then left to go out in the courtyard. After that, some other tourist walked up to me and asked me what she said, since they had no idea what they were looking at.
So, dear guide, no I wasn't disturbing anyone, in fact I was providing a service you should be providing to your paying customers. Besides, again, I was whispering, so she obviously had a huge chip on her shoulder. Very sad about this, as Bracciano used to be my hometown, but I can't help but NOT recommend that you visit the castle. Just take a few pretty pictures of the town and the outside, and move on to a place where foreign tourists are treated with respect.

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Reviewed July 19, 2011

The castle where tom cruise and katie holmes got married is maintained and owned privately. The family owning this lives in Rome so the entrance is via a guided tour where no photos can be taken inside. It retains many original features both architecurally but also with regards to furniture inside although some of the furniture was brought in from other properties of the family. There are two tours available one in english and another in italian however I suggest you take a book about the place just in case you need to take the italian tour due to time constraints.

The best part of the castle lies on the roof with amazing views of lake bracciano, the surroundings and village itself. The village surrounding the castle has a very picturesque medieval feel and many buildings still retain the charm. There are also a few restaurants which dot the area.

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Reviewed May 5, 2011

The castle may be only be visited on guided tours which are only in Italian. Each room has a small sign in English describing the room. The castle has a lot of character and some stunning rooms. Unfortunately you may not take photos inside the castle, but you can in the courtyards.
On a sour note the ticket taker manager to rip us off by claiming we hadn't paid. Even with the help of some friendly italian tourists we were unable to get our 20 euros returned and decided to pay again as we really wanted to see the castle. So best to have exact change and get your ticket before they pocket your money.

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