A holiday between History and Nature: Bracciano PDF Stampa E-mail
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Martedì 10 Dicembre 2013 12:46

 

Bracciano with its marvellous lake welcomes always tourists  and inhabitants of Rome wishing relax.

As it is forbidden to sail with motor boats, Bracciano lake  is  an  ideal place to enjoy the quietness far from  noise and pollution with the possibility to practise water-sports

Natural beauties and landscapes , historical and cultural legacies and archaeological and artistic heritage are all elements that make  BRACCIANO a much appreciated tourist destination.

 

 

IMPORTANT PLACES TO VISIT IN BRACCIANO VILLAGE

 

 

“ IL BORGO ”

It is the oldest place of BRACCIANO village  that  still preserves  a  medieval  atmosphere.

Its high position does in such a way that you have  a magnificent view of the lake and of the places of the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ODESCALCHI CASTLE OF BRACCIANO

 

The majestic Odescalchi Castle, one of the most beautiful feudal European manor houses, arises  by the southern bank of the lake of Bracciano at a very short distance from Rome.

This construction, ideal meeting point between civil and military architecture, was built in the second half of the XV century absorbing a citadel of the XII century.

The visit starts with the magnificent Papal hall where Pope Sixtus IV  used to live in 1481 to avoid being caught by the pestilence which was scourging Rome at that time.

 

 

The  stuccos decorating the two ceilings of this hall were made by Taddeo  Zuccari and are of considerable value and peculiar chromatic effect.

The third room gets its name from another famous guest who lived there in 1900: king Umberto I.

After the triptych hall and the Pisanello’s you get into the  Caesarean hall where you find the twelve busts of the Caesars displayed along the perimeter of the room. The whole wall of the Caesarean’s has been painted in fresco by  Antoniazzo Romano: on the right side of the fresco, you can admire the visit to the castle of the young Piero de’ Medici, in November 1487; on the left side, the representation of Gentil Virginio Orsini’s triumphal entry to the castle, on the back of his horse, after his nomination to Captain of the Aragonese’s Army on October 28th, 1489.

Crossing the Orsini’s hall you get to Isabella’s room from where you can go up to the second floor into the Ercole’s hall and  then, in correspondence with underlying Caesarean’s, into the weapons room with its significant collection of medieval arms.

The open gallery starts off the panoramic tour of the patrol which links together the five towers of the castle.

The elegant arcades mark the end of the journey at the discovery of the Odescalchi Castle of Bracciano.

 

 

THE CIVIC MUSEUM

The civic museum is placed in the imposing ex convent of SANTA MARIA NOVELLA.

The building was put up  at the foot of the  Orsini-Odescalchi castle as of Cardinal  Giordano Orsini’s will, trying to offer greater spiritual aid to the Bracciano population.

The convent is closed to the church dedicated to Santa Maria Novella whose building probably began little later the transfer of the Augustinians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“THE SENTINELLA”

The  “VIEWPOINT OF SENTINELLA”  is a place  from which you have a   charming sight.

The lake,  the nature, and  all the hills around, all together make in such a way that you have an unbelievable panorama, from which it is possible to see very well he little towns of TREVIGNANO ROMANO and of ANGUILLARA SABAZIA  which appears at lake.

 

 

 

 

THE HISTORY OF SENTINELLA

In the XIII century, the  village, as we can see in FIORAVANTI street, was defended  by fortified houses, but going ahead in the time ,until XV century, Bracciano needed to protect itself  from firearms, so defensive  vanguard’s walls were built around the village that there was at that time.

The fortification of Sentinella was built at that time, in 1494 from Gentil Virginio Orsini, the Lord of Bracciano, to fight against the troops of Pope Alessandro VI who were besieging the village, because Gentil Virginio Orsini  had betrayed the Pope, coming to an agreement with Carlo VIII, enemy of the Pope, who was also accommodated in the castle.

 

SAINT STEPHANUS ‘S CATHEDRAL

It is one of the most important churchs of the village.

The church has its origin in medieval age and was  extended during the centuries , inside the style is barocco and you can breathe an air of solemnity and of devotion.

Probably the cathedral was only a chapel in medieval age and during the centuries was changed and became bigger and also the steps that bring to the church were rebuilt.

One of the important addition was the  construction of the  bell tower  at the beginning of the XVI century.

The picture of Giacomo Zoboli ( a gift in the 1696 of the Duke Orsini ) is very important.

It represents the “lapidazione di SANTO STEFANO” with a difference, the lake on the background,  instead of the Tiberiade lake, there is Bracciano Lake.

 

THE CHURCH OF S. MARIA DEL RIPOSO

The church is a long the street of Riposo and from this place you have one of the best view of the lake.

 

 

 


PLACES TO VISIT NEARBY



PARKS AND NATURAL RESERVES

Bracciano Lake was declared “regional park” in the centre of the “Regional park BRACCIANO-MARTIGNANO”,  rich of very  interesting  flora and fauna  in an  uncontaminated natura and full f

ancient history: finds of the Neolithic,  Bronze  and Iron age were found.

 

 

The perimeter of the lake  ( the second largest in Latium) is viable along the circumnavigating lake road that connects the three coastal centres of BRACCIANO, TREVIGNANO and ANGUILLARA SABAZIA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the summer a ferry-boat receives the visitors who wish to do  a panoramic tour  of Bracciano lake, connecting Bracciano with Trevignano and Anguillara.

The entire area of Lake Bracciano is efficiently organized for sail-boating and wind-surfing.

LAKE MARTIGNANO, about 2 km away from  Bracciano Lake, is a picturesque oasis: the lack of inhabited centres on the shores and main roads in the immediate vicinity have until now allowed for the preservation of the rich, natural environment despite the short distance from Rome (about 40 km).

 

 

 

 

TERME DI STIGLIANO

About 10 km from Bracciano there are the “BATH OF STIGLIANO”  that rise  on a very wide  park in which there are ancient ruins.

You can  relax in the  centre of well-being and in the thermal swimming-pools surrounded by an  uncontaminated  nature.

 

 

 

 

 

MANZIANA

 

It is a little and nice village at 8 km from Bracciano

“ PALAZZO TITTONI” is very important  in the  historical centre,  built  in1556  by project of VIGNOLA. In the square there is also a fountain built in 1733.

 

 

Nearby MANZIANA there is NATIONAL MONUMENT OF “CALDARA”, a flat place  interested by presence  of many  gaseous  emissions  that bring out from the earth  water at 20° making  little  pools.It is what remains of a ancient Vulcano Sabatino  by now  put out.

The flora and the fauna of this “ Natural Monument “  are very rich.

Another place very interesting to visit near Manziana is “LA MACCHIA GRANDE”, one of the most evocative green area  of all Latium, it is what remains of SILVA MANTIANA,  an old wood  very rich of plants and animals that covered a very big place included  Mountains Sabatini and Cimini. Very rich in plants ( wood and underwood) with a very rich fauna.

 

CANALE MONTERANO


 

It is very important for its  natural reserve that has as object the preservation, defence of habitat  of species of animals and vegetables and the preservation of  historical and archaeological testimonies represented not only by Etruscan testimonies but also by built-up area of MONTERANO which results  a magnificent, monumental  complex  which  sinks its roots in a very old time.

The history of this place is broke off at the end of XVIII century.

MONTERANO is important also for the works of BERNINI: CONVENTO DI SAN BONAVENTURA, the rebuilding of PALAZZO DUCALE ALTIERI and  FONTANA DEL LEONE  and FONTANA OTTAGONALE.

 

ORIOLO ROMANO

The old village deserves a visit.

The most important building is “PALAZZO ALTIERI”, typical  palace-villa  built  from 1578-1585, perhaps of Jacopo Barozzi, named Vignola   and  in XVII, XVIII century  rebuilt  by CARLO FONTANA.

Inside  is decorated by plasters, fresco, pictures.

“GALLERIA ALTIERI” is important, where is  a collection of paintings of all the Popes from Saint Pieter to Benedict XVI.

 

 

TOWARDS THE SEA



SANTA SEVERA is  the ancient Greek-Etruscan port of PYRGI, as testified by some splendid ruins, the imposing Odescalchi Castle and its wooden suspension bridge, the cylindrical Norman tower and triple walls.

Not far from here lies OSTIA, the beach of the Romans  and OSTIA ANTICA, the harbour of the ancient ROME, CASTELPORZIANO, the summer residence of President of the Republic with a beautiful Mediterranean shrub.

 

MUSEUM  OF THE  AIR FORCE  IN VIGNA DI VALLE

This  Museum  is one of the most  important centre of  Italian Air Force, it  has the luck to have historical aeroplanes,  and has  the task to collect, to restore, to preserve, to exhibit and to make the most of the aeronautic equipments of historical and documentary interest  so it is a centre of propulsion  of history and of the aeronautic culture in scientific, didactic way also for popularizing it.

Inside of  Museum you can observe more than 60 aeroplanes, armies, photographic instruments,  radioelectric  apparatus,  board equipments, pictures, medals,  memory objects etc.

 

 

 

FARTHER THERE ARE ETRUSCAN CITIES VULCI, TARQUINIA, VITERBO, CERI TUSCANIA   ETC.

SO STAYING IN BRACCIANO YOU STAY IN A WONDERFULL VILLAGE AND YOU HAVE SO MANY PLACES TO VISIT NEARBY AND A LITTLE FARTHER……...

VERY IMPORTANT : THERE IS A TRAIN  THAT  EVERY 30 MINUTES CONNECTS BRACCIANO WITH THE CENTRE OF ROME IN 1 HOUR.

 

FOOD IN BRACCIANO

The food in  Bracciano  and in the area nearby arrives directly from the very rich nature.

From the lake  very good fishes arrive  and are cooked  grilled or fried,   “coregone grilled” “filetti di luccio grilled”  or fried  and “ lattarini” fried.

From the woods game , truffles, and many mushrooms arrives and are cooked in many ways.

A lot of fresh pasta   with egg“ fettuccine, tagliolini, pappardelle.

Pasta  without egg “ lombrichi e maltagliati.”

Meat is of very good quality, famous  “mucca maremmana”  bred  in wild way and pork  cooked  in  the oven.

Many  cheeses of cow, sheep, goat.

“Tozzetti, mostaccioli” are some sweets that have to be tasted with a good local white or red wine.

 

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