|Bracciano castle's ivy covered tower|
Seeing local places through the eyes of foreign visitors gives us new insight into things we usually take for granted.
Last week I wrote about our visit to Bracciano with Sergey and Tanya from Moscow and our lake side lunch at an old fashioned trattoria .
|sail boats far below the castle|
Sergey’s eyes and camera lens captured scenes that were special and unusual for him.
|a brilliant 19th century ball gown|
These included the colors of the lake, the family of swans and ducks and the colorful costumes exhibited in the huge castle halls.
|Duomo di Bracciano overlooking the lake|
The memory of lake fish, local wine, watermelon and strong caffe will also keep our Russian friends company during the dark days of the long Russian winter.
Having passed four winters in Moscow I can understand their fascination with the red tiled rooftops and church steeples, so different from the gilded churches of Russia.
They were also fascinated by the street lights, the flower filled piazzas and landscapes of lake and rolling hills .
|Piazza near the castle|
Since the guide who accompanied us through the castle spoke only in Italian, our Russian friends concentrated on the frescoed rooms furnished with period antiques and managed to get some close ups of the magnificent costumes which are on view until November .
|a dazzling 1920s gold feathered cape|
The colorful costumes enrich the historic atmosphere of the castle’s halls and remind us of those who once made history here .
|armored knight and horse in the main hall, Bracciano|
No wonder the privately owned Odescalchi castle
is a steady favorite for weddings and film shoots.
All photos by Sergey Soloviev