In keeping with the Rome-free Sundays, this week we hopped on the train to Bracciano.
Bracciano is a small hilltop town in Lazio that overlooks (you guessed it) Lake Bracciano.
We got off the train and I proudly announced: “Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got married here at that castle. There. That’s the extent of my knowledge about Bracciano. What should we do now?”
Uhhh.. walk towards the castle?
I still think it’s pretty crazy that there are just castles sitting around in Italy. We don’t exactly have those back home. The picture above was the view from our table at lunch.
I hope I never lose the surreal sense I get when sitting down next to a castle to have taglioni con cacio e cozze.
After delicious food, we wandered through some of the smaller alleyways and peeked over the cliff to get a better view of the lake.
The water was too much to resist so we decided to make the trek down the hill:
To get to the lake pathway, follow the main street downhill (there are signs pointing cars towards the ‘lago’). Past the park, you’ll see a church on your left and steep stairs to the right. Just walk down the stairs and continue down the path. All in all, it’s about a 15-20 walk from the middle of town.
Rock skipping, swan feeding, beach glass hunting and general outdoor enjoying ensued.
We grabbed a drink at the bar on the water to fortify ourselves for the walk back up the hill to the train station.
How to get there:
Take the “Viterbo” line to Bracciano. Tickets are 2.70 Euro each way and the trains leave from Ostiense and Trastevere. You can take the Metro B line to Piramide and then switch to the train there. (The train station attached to Piramide is Ostiense). Trains leave every 30 minutes, except on Sundays and holidays when they are less frequent.
The train ride takes just under an hour. Always remember to validate your ticket before boarding in one of the yellow machines or you could end up with a 50 Euro fine from the Rome metro police like me. Yay!