Odescalchi and Orsini Castle

Odescalchi-Orsini Castle
Excursion Highlights:
  • Experience the magnificent Odelscalchi Castle, an imposing Renaissance gem with a rich history dating back to the 10th century.
  • Wander through the castle's treasure-laden halls, marveling at valuable artworks, weapons, books, and manuscripts.
  • Discover the historic center of Bracciano through a guided walking tour, culminating in breathtaking views from the Belvedere della Sentinella.
  • Savor a traditional lunch with a stunning lakeside view, enhancing your cultural immersion and making your journey unforgettable.
  • Relax assured during this renowned tour, with our top-notch return-to-ship and satisfaction assurances for your peace of mind.
Price: $225.00
Ages 3 and under are free.
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Active, Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? A 10 to 15 minute shuttle ride is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided Meal includes appetizer and main course with bottled water and a glass of wine.
Recommended Dress As you will be visiting inside a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. Please remember that no shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders are permitted in any religious venue. Sensible, flat soled walking shoes, comfortable seasonal clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen and umbrella to protect you from rain are recommended.
Restrictions Participants must be able to step in and out of the vehicle and walk for approximately 0.5 to 1 mile over cobblestone, dirt, or uneven paths. There are steps at all locations visited on the tour. Guests should be in good physical health to take this tour. This tour is not wheelchair or walker accessible, and is not recommended for guests with mobility issues. Visitors could be asked an ID/Passport for security reasons, please make sure you have a valid one with you.

The Odelscalchi Castle, completed in 1485 by the Orsini family, is an imposing Renaissance castle perched on the shores of Lake Bracciano. It's strategic geographical position caused bitter fighting among the noble Colonna and Borgia families, to the point where Pope Alexander VI Borgia confiscated it in 1496.

Take a guided visit of the castle and learn of its humble beginnings as a tower in the 10th century that expanded into a castle, changing hands and surviving a French occupation before being sold to the Odescalchi family in the late 1600s. Today the castle hosts valuable artworks, weapons, books, and manuscripts as well as many tourists and high profile events such as the wedding of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.

After exploring the castle you will take a short walking tour through the historic center of Bracciano to the Belvedere della Sentinella and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a traditional lunch with appetizer and water or wine before your return trip to port. Book this cultural tour now and get ready to be amazed by the Odelscalchi Castle and Lake Bracciano.