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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A modern, tastefully furnished and fully equipped apartment which is tucked away on a quiet road just a few minutes walk from the centre of Bracciano.
Explore and experience Bracciano, the famous Odescalchi castle and the historical surrounding towns, relax by and swim in the lake or take day trips into Rome on the train.
However you choose to spend your time you will find the Sabatino apartment the perfect base from which to enjoy a unique authentic Italian holiday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Fiumicino 30 km, Nearest railway: Bracciano 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment sleeps a maximum of 4 people with a double or twin room and sofa bed in the lounge area. Travel baby cot also available upon request.
There is a comfortable lounge area with a flat screen TV, DVD player and well equipped kitchen corner. The Bathroom is with a shower.
A selection of local tourist information is also available.
A non refundable deposit equivalent to the cost of the first night of your stay must be paid upon confirmation of your booking.
Check out time on the day of your departure is 11:00 and check in time 13:00. However these times are negotiable subject to availability / arrivals etc.
The Lazio region
Bracciano is a small medieval town famous for it’s majestic well preserved castle approximately 30 km northwest of Rome situated in beautiful panoramic countryside. The town is built upon the shore of Lake Bracciano, the 2nd largest lake in Lazio after Lake Bolsena and the eighth largest in Italy. Bracciano is well connected to Rome by train on the FM3 line that stops directly at both of the cities Metro ( underground ) lines A & B, Trastevere, and Saint Peters.
The area around lake Bracciano has been inhabited since Etruscan times and the actual origins of Bracciano are inconclusive, the town probably evolved around what was one of the main strategic towers built in the 10th century to repel Saracen attacks. In the 11th century the Prefetti di Vico family turned the tower into a small fortress. Control of the town and surrounding area was acquired by the Orsini family in 1234 and later became a Papal possession. It was the Orsini family who regained possession of the area and decided to enlarge the existing fortress into what would become one of Italy’s most important castles. The work lasted 15 years from 1470 until 1485. In the 16th century the town flourished on the back of it’s iron and sulphur industry and the production of tapestries and paper, however after the economic demise of the Orsini family the castle was sold to Livio Odescalchi a nephew of the Pope in 1696. The Odescalchi family still retain ownership of the castle today which is open to the public for tours where you can see it’s famous frescos, paintings and old period furnishings. The castle is also used for classical concerts and weddings of which the most famous recently was that of Tom Cruise to Katie Holmes in a star studded wedding reception in November 2006.
Lake Bracciano originally known as ‘Sabatino’ is a volcanic lake formed by the collapse of a magma chamber some 40,000 years ago. The lakes has a perimeter of approx 33 km, surface area of approx 57 square km and it’s deepest point is 165 meters. The lake’s main outlet is the Annone River, near Anguillara and the Paulus aqueduct built in the late 1600’s by Pope Paul V to provide the Vatican with fresh water and which still supplies the fountains of St Peters to this day. The water level of the lake is also regulated and kept at a constant level by a sluice built in the late 1700’s. The water of the lake is one of the cleanest in Italy and is an emergency reservoir for Rome. Accept for the local authorities and a small number of fishermen who supply the local restaurants the use of motor boats is forbidden, there is also strict control of the use of pesticides making the water very natural and clean. The crystal clear, clean water also make the lake popular for swimming and other water sports such as sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. Pedal boats and rowing boats are also available to rent and are very popular. There is also a ferry which goes around the lake from Bracciano to the other two historic and characteristic towns: Anguillara and Trevigniano which both like Bracciano have their own historic centres and distinguishing characteristics.
Take a tour of the historic Castle Odelscalchi. A timetable of the tour times is posted outside the ticket office next to the entrance in Piazza Mazzini. In addition to the castle explore the narrow winding roads of the historic centre and other places of interest including the Churches Saint Maria Novella and Saint Stefano with their famous frescos and art.
During July and August every year the townhall puts on a series of events called ‘L’estate sotto le stelle’ which means the summer under the stars, events include concerts, plays, craft markets, fairs and more…. The calander of events is usually advertised around town shortly beforehand.
You won’t have experienced Bracciano if you don’t spend time at the lake! Whether you want to relax in the sun and get a tan, swim or eat lunch at one of the restaurants on the front spending time at the lake is a wonderful way to spend your holiday. There are also many water sports available to do on the lake: Canoes, Pedal boats and rowing boats are available to rent and there are also sailing clubs around the lake which provide lessons and hire boats and wind surf boards. You could also take a boat tour to the other towns around the lake. The boat leaves from the end of the lake front at 15:00, 16:30 and 18:00 throughout the summer stopping at Angiulara and Trevigniano
The lake and surrounding panoramic countryside, hills and forests make the area perfect for many other activities such as walking and cycling, you can hire bikes from www.randotrek.com by the day or for a week with free delivery to the apartment and you can also book off road mountain bike tours of the countryside surrounding Bracciano and other towns nearby.
The Aviation museum at Vigna di Valle is just outside Bracciano heading towards Anguillara. It was Italy’s first water airport founded in 1977 and is now an important aviation museum noted for it’s collection of planes through the ages, many of which are military aircraft and an exhibition dedicated to ‘Nobile’ the famous Italian Artic explorer. Entrance is to the museum is free!
Just outside Bracciano heading towards Trevigniano you will find San Liberato which is open to the public for tours of the 9th century church and beautiful English style gardens designed around the grounds of the Villa by Russell Page in 1965.
There are many interesting towns and villages nearby each with it’s own characteristics and history
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5 Jul 2012
"Perfect Holiday! We couldn't ask for anything else!"
My boyfriend and I found this apartment in Bracciano absoultely perfect. Perfect size and perfect location. It came fully equipt for all our needs including itmens for picnics out and trips to the lake. The owners were so kind as to provide us with milk and bread as we arrived late which we were extremely grateful for!! They continued to suprise us with their kindness by even helping us find some bikes to hire. We couldn't fault the accomodation or the help we recieved.
The apartment is 15 minutes to the Lake downhil through the beautiful town of Bracciano; coming back however may be difficult if you have children, elderly or have medical issues as the hill is extremely steep! Worth a go just take bottles of water or take the easy option of the bus! Rome is very easy to commute to. We had no difficulties at all. It's a 5 minute walk to the station where the trains into central Rome are every half an hour. An 8 euro ticket gets you full access to all trains in and out, the metro and the buses all day. Bargain!! There is no excuse not to go. At least 3 days is needed to see all of Rome.
We cannot fault our weeks stay in Bracciano. The apartment is cosy and practical, the lake is stunning and Rome is a must see city.
Thank You David and Viv :-)
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