Bracciano, Italy

Bracciano, Italy

Experience Bracciano

Just 19 miles north of Rome, Bracciano is famous for its volcanic lake, Lago di Bracciano.  For those interested in geographical events, the lake owes its origin to intense volcanic activity from 600,000 to 40,000 years ago, which created many small volcanoes in the Sabatino territory. The main magma chamber was situated under the present lake of Bracciano. Its collapse created the caldera now occupied by the lake, which is a crater lake. Some small craters are still recognizable around the lake and in the immediate vicinity.


Bracciano is also well-known for a particularly well-preserved medieval castle Castello Orsini-Odescalchi located on the southern shore of the lake. This castle was built in the 15th century, and combines the functions of a military defense structure and a civilian residence of the feudal lords of the period, the Orsini and Borgia, both papal and infamous families. As one of the largest and best-maintained castles in Italy, it also houses a museum; as a center of cultural events, the Castello has hosted several high profile weddings.

  • It has a population of about 16,000.
  • The town is served by an urban railway (Line FR3) which connects it with Rome in about 55 minutes.
  • The Castello Orsini-Odescalchi is one of the most noteworthy examples of Renaissance military architecture in Italy.
  • Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, one of a number of famous couples, were married at Castello Orsini-Odescalchi.

There are a multitude of hotel options in the city.  There is something to meet every financial, cultural and historical need. VoomaGo has worked with our network of Locals and partnered with many accommodations options. When we’re building your trip with you, we can discuss the availability and right fit for your needs.

A day in Bracciano…

If you love to spend your day on a beautiful water setting, Lake Bracciano is widely used for sailing, canoeing and swimming and is therefore popular with tourists and locals. Bracciano is one of the cleanest lakes of Italy.

If you have an interest in medieval architecture and culture, Anguillara Sabazia and Trevignano Romano, both towns that also border Lake Bracciano fill the bill. These towns are very small and only a few miles away, making it an easy day trip.

A visit to Castle Orsini is a must, here you will find richly frescoed friezes and ceilings now contrast with blank walls, which were hung with richly-colored tapestries when the lords of Bracciano were in residence. If you decide to use Bracciano as your “home base”, the trip to Rome will only take you an hour or less on the train.

Experiences in Bracciano