On the Trail of Medieval Lazio: A Day Trip to Bracciano, Caprarola and Viterbo

Duration
9hours
Inclusions
Tour Guide
Entrance Fees
Headsets
Tickets and Reservation Fees to the sites
Language
English, Italian
Max Group Size
7 people
Transportation
Transportation from your hotel or lodging to the activity check in.
Yes
$
1,083
88
/ 2 People
$
1,160
14
/ 3 People
$
1,236
39
/ 4 People
$
1,312
65
/ 5 People
Available:
Fri, Jan 27 2023
Time:
9:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM
Through E
Response rate: 
86%
Response time:
several hours
Highlights
  • The Orsini-Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano
  • The Palazzo Farnese in Carprarola
  • Palazzo dei Papi in Viterbo
Preview Description
Discover an enchanting world of medieval towns while escaping the crowds and discover some of Italy’s most intriguing and overlooked corners on a special day trip to Bracciano, Caprarola and Viterbo.
 
Description
You'll begin your day with a private car transfer from your hotel to picturesque Bracciano, a warren of medieval alleys overlooking the crystalline waters of a volcanic lake. Bracciano is renowned for its truly spectacular castle, one of Italy's most thrilling Renaissance landmarks where jaw-dropping panoramic views and perfectly preserved frescoes are the order of the day. A world away from the chaotic bustle of Rome, Bracciano is the ideal tonic if you feel you need of a change of pace from the capital.

After a stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant in the shadow of the castle’s ramparts, we’ll head to the equally fascinating town of Viterbo a little further to the north. Known as the Città dei Papi, it was here that the Popes called home when Rome was in the midst of urban decline in the 13th century. Relics of those distant glory years stud the sleepy historic centre today. Walk in the footsteps of the pontiffs through the echoing halls of the Palazzo dei Papi, whose elegant arched loggia is an architectural delight, and learn the bizarre tale of the longest papal conclave in history - resolved only after three years of deliberation when the locals resorted to removing the palace’s roof in order to be rid of the cardinals. A rich array of imposing churches, tinkling fountains and picture-perfect vine strewn alleys, Viterbo’s charming medieval quarter is one of the best preserved in all of Europe.

The final stop on our tour through Tuscia is nearby Caprarola. Picturesquely nestled in a spectacular range of volcanic hills, Caprarola is home to the jaw-dropping Villa Farnese. A massive fortified palace dominating the surrounding countryside, the unique pentagonal design was the brainchild of Renaissance genius Antonio da Sangallo – forget the Arlington version, this pentagon was around 400 years before ground was broken at the DoD! The spectacular interiors are covered with incredible frescoes recounting the deeds of the Farnese clan, as well as extraordinary 16th-century world maps in the Sala del Mappamondo. The elegantly twisting central Scala Regia is one of the most stunning spiral staircases ever constructed, and the leafy gardens outside are a refreshing delight.

The Villa Farnese in Caprarola is perhaps Italy’s single most impressive hidden gem, and is the perfect way to conclude this special off-the-beaten path itinerary. Afterwards your private driver will accompany you back to Rome, just an hour away but truly another world! Medieval towns, glittering lakes and magnificent Renaissance monuments - this special tour will take you to a magical part of Italy where art, culture and nature come together in wonderful harmony. Leave the tourist trail far behind and discover it with Through Eternity today!
 
Activity Level
As this is a walking tour through various areas of the city centre, with steps and uneven walkways, comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water are strongly recommended.

Please advise if any travelers have mobility concerns so that we can best accommodate you.
 
Rates
Per
Type
Price
2 PeoplePrivate Tour
$
1,083
88
3 PeoplePrivate Tour
$
1,160
14
4 PeoplePrivate Tour
$
1,236
39
5 PeoplePrivate Tour
$
1,312
65
6 PeoplePrivate Tour
$
1,388
90
7 PeoplePrivate Tour
$
1,465
15
Schedule
Check In Location
Check In Details
Your guide and private car/driver will meet you at your Rome hotel. Please let us know the name and address of where you are staying.
 
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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