|Fulvio, Tanya and Sergei at Bracciano|
During the torrid days of August the perfect day trip from Rome should include a lake, a lunch and and a bit of cultural tourism .With this in mind, I organized to meet our Russian friends Sergei and Tanya at the half way mark- the Bracciano train station- to enjoy their last day in Italy before they headed back to the rigors of Moscow life.
|fish platter at La Tramontana, Bracciano|
Our first stop was a vintage trattoria on the lakeside, La Tramontana, where we enjoyed an early lunch with platters of lake fish and fed left over bread to a family of swans and ducks.
The unpretentious wooden structure with its 1970s chairs and tables had changed very little since I had last been there, over 20 years ago.
|the lakeside Tramontana , Bracciano|
|walking up to Castello Odescalchi|
|entrance to Castello Odescalchi|
Our Russian friends were duly impressed with Castello Odescalchi which we visited after lunch, set high enough above the lake and town to be blessed with a cool breeze.
|walking the castle ramparts|
|a happy Russian enjoying the lake view|
|courtyard with visitors|
|the Orsini bear greets visitors from Russia|
|inside the castle kitchens|
While most of Bracciano’s inhabitants enjoyed a well deserved siesta, our tour guide walked us through the castle and its history.
|Our guide with other Russian visitors|
Strangely most of the other members in the 3 o’clock tour were also vacationing Russians.
|Tanya on the ramparts|
The frescoed halls, antique furniture and historic costumes on display were the perfect foil for learning a bit about the Orsini and Odescalchi families and the area’s history.
And never once was the wedding of Tom Cruise mentioned...
Coming next week..Sergei's photos of the castle and other delights.
Please leave a comment. Have you visited this castle, or others in central Italy?