What is the trip about
The Duomo of Santo Stefano & the Church of Santa Maria Novella
Among the religious buildings that make up the artistic and architectural heritage of Bracciano we can point out the Cathedral of Santo Stefano, presumably built around 1200. In the heart of Bracciano, however, is also the Church of Santa Maria Novella, whose convent currently houses the Civic Museum of Bracciano. It was built at the behest of Cardinal Giordano Orsini in 1436.
The Castle Orsini Odescalchi
Situated to dominate the great, famous and volcanic Lago Sabatino, Bracciano stands out in the eyes of the visitor especially for the imposing castle, visible since considerable distances. The splendid manor stands majestically in a delightful square, Piazza Mazzini, with its high and mighty round towers. Almost completely enveloped by climbing plants, whose colors change in every season, offer a very romantic sight. Built in the fifteenth century by the Orsini family over the remains of a medieval fortress, which belonged to the Prefects of Vico, the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle, which takes its name from the family that owned it since 1696, retains inside, magnificent frescoes and antique furniture, and is considered one of the most elegant fortified, elegant homes in Italy.
The Ancient Borgo
All around the castle are the alleys of the ancient village of Bracciano, one of the most picturesque of the Roman Tuscia. The peculiar characteristic of the village, in fact, consists of houses built entirely with the local lava stone. So a pleasant scenario, but it should not be misleading. At night, in fact, the castle (made even more spectacular by a masterly artistic lighting) takes on a dark and obscure appearance that brings it back to mind as the perfect scenario of that era of revolutionary and imaginative, but also frivolous and violent that was the sixteenth century .