Bracciano's massive castle, also called Castello Orsini Odescalchi after two of the noble families which owned the site, is Bracciano's great landmark, dominating the town and lake. The castle is open to the public, and is well worth visiting. Admission costs €7, with guided tours every hour. Opening hours are listed on the castle's website (see links panel on the right). Bear in mind that it is closed on Mondays (apart from August) and also closes at lunchtime. Guided tours last an hour and are in Italian, but if you book ahead you may be able to arrange a tour in English. During the tour you visit grand halls and shudder-inducing weapons collections, as well as accessing the rather romantic battlements. It may be a solid and tough edifice built for military purposes, but the period furnishings and the atmosphere are surprisingly charming and you can see why the castle has been the location for Italian celebrity weddings. It was here that Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes held their wedding party. It is regularly hired out for grand events like parties and corporate receptions.
Category:Travel and Places
Keywords:bracciano, castello, castello odescalchi, italy, italyi, odescalchi