Private Group Guided Tour to Bracciano & Odescalchi Castle

Private Group Guided Tour to Bracciano & Odescalchi Castle

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      Rome, Italy
      6 Hours
      From (USD)
      $ 702
      • The castle: This well-preserved hilltop fortress is one of Italy's finest examples of Renaissance military architecture, with great views of Lake Bracciano. Behind the fierce-looking towers and ramparts is a sumptuous palace – the former residence of feudal lords and papal families, including the Borgias.
      • Hall of Caesars: Inspect the well-preserved busts of the Twelve Caesars, including Julius, Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero, and admire the magnificent fresco covering an entire wall.
      • Hall of Arms: See Prince Odescalchi's extensive collection of weapons and jousting tournament armor from the 15th to 17th centuries, along with a frieze depicting the Labors of Hercules.
      • Secret Garden: This secluded oasis with century-old cedar trees offers captivating views of the lake; note the sculptures of hunting scenes along the castle walls.
      • Bracciano: You'll have more than an hour of free time to stroll through this tranquil town, visit the city museum, or relax in a cafe.
      • Private group: Share your experience with only people you know, whether it's just the two of you, the whole family, or any group of up to 20.

      Meeting point

      Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out. Please meet in the lobby at least 15 minutes before your designated tour time with a printed copy of your voucher.

      Helpful hints

      As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Flat shoes make walking on cobblestones much easier.

      Lunch is not included. Please plan to bring local currency to buy your meal and snacks.

      Getting around

      Wheelchair users can join the tour as long as they are able to manage vehicle steps and are accompanied by an able bodied companion. Involves approximately 1.5 miles of walking over uneven, cobblestone surfaces with inclines and long periods of standing.

      Activity type

      Private Tour, Family Friendly, Cultural, Scenic, Shopping

      Transportation used

      Vehicles? We have all kinds for all sizes of groups, from cars to buses. Vehicles vary based on the number of travelers.

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      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Travelers must be 3 years of age or older to participate in this tour.

      Special Medical Restriction

      If your mobility is limited, it may be too challenging for you to maintain the pace needed to see all the sights fully. If you use a folding wheelchair, we can accommodate you with at least 7 days notice, providing you have someone along to assist you.


      Thanks to its lake and countryside views, intimidating fortifications, and lavish accommodations, Odescalchi Castle is a popular location for celebrity weddings, including that of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in 2006. The high-profile unions go back centuries, including the 1558 nuptials of a Renaissance power couple – a match that, like TomKat's, turned into something less than wedded bliss.

      Her name was Isabella; she was 16, beautiful, talented, and vivacious. His name was Paolo; he was 17, rather plain, somewhat ill-mannered, and definitely ill-tempered. She was a Medici, he was an Orsini – two of the most powerful families in Italy. The marriage was a strategic alliance that had been arranged five years earlier. 

      The run-up to the storybook wedding included redecorating the Papal Hall, so named because it hosted Pope Sixtus IV, when he fled Rome's 1481 plague outbreak. Brothers and master painters Taddeo and Federico Zuccari were commissioned to create ceiling frescos featuring the distinguished natal charts and coats of arms of the two noble families. 

      The evening was magical – a lavish extravaganza with the best food, wine, music, and merriment. In the morning, Paolo left for his home in Rome; Isabella left for her home in Florence. They lived happily and separately ever after until 1576, 18 years after the wedding of the century, when Paolo joined Isabella in her family's villa. She was found dead the next morning – the victim, according to her brother, of a fatal episode of washing her hair. The more likely explanation was that Paolo strangled her as a favor to the brother, payback for her extramarital liaisons, or so he could marry someone else. Possibly all three.

      But don't let TomKat's and PaoloBella's unhappy endings lead you to imagine some kind of Odescalchi Castle couples curse. Many marriages that began there have been long and fulfilling, with bride and groom returning years later for second honeymoons. Wedding and reception packages start at about $17,000; inquire within.

       Flip this castle 

      The Odescalchi family bought the Bracciano castle from the Orsinis at an auction in 1696. In 1804, it was plundered by French invaders, and the Odescalchis were forced to sell it to the prince of Torlonia, who fixed up the place but wasn't terribly attached to it. In 1844, an Odescalchi married an heiress and was able to repurchase the castle. The Odescalchis got their castle back, and the prince made a tidy little profit.



      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.


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