Bracciano in Lazio, Italy, is known for its natural beauty, and for the huge lake on which the town stands, Lake Bracciano. The cultural, historical and natural attractions of the area are huge, making Lake Bracciano one of the most loved destinations in Italy for a relaxing break in the sun. The town of Bracciano itself sits on the top of a nearby hill, under the impressive shadow of the huge, yet elegant castle which defended the town in eras past.
Bracciano Castle is one of the most important in Italy, not to mention one of the most beautiful, both inside and out. It is rare to be able to describe a castle as beautiful, but as soon as you lay eyes on the structure on the approach to your Bracciano holiday accommodation, you will know why. The castle has been magnificently preserved, with the original frescos still adorning the interior walls. The castle not only holds some of the finest masterpieces by local artists and sculptors, but also houses a huge proportion of the archaeological artefacts discovered in the area.
Lake Bracciano is a leisure hot spot. There are weekly sailing courses for both adults and children on a variety of boats, and with plenty of English speaking staff. Windsurfing is also very popular on the lake, as well as canoeing, swimming and even dragon boat racing.
On land, villas in Bracciano are an ideal base for walking and cycling holidays too. There is a huge bike rental centre in the town, which also provide maps and details on some of the best routes throughout the Lazio countryside. There is even free delivery of your bike direct to the front door of your Bracciano accommodation.
Food connoisseurs out there will be right in their element too. The area is well known for its cuisine, and the proximity of Lake Bracciano means that there is a special flavour to local dishes, which use eel and perch to add flavour to the already hearty dishes of game, mushroom and white wines that Rome Province is famous for.
Many people use holiday villas in Bracciano as a peaceful, tranquil alternative to staying in Rome. You can reach the Eternal City within an hour of leaving your holiday rental in Bracciano. The attractions of Rome are absolutely endless, from the monuments of Ancient Rome to the Renaissance masterpieces, the shopping to the restaurants. Rome needs many holidays in order to get a true feel for the city, but living in the peace of Bracciano, taking a morning swim in the lake, is a perfect way to start your exploration.
The cool waters of Lake Bracciano are a gloriously refreshing antidote to the heat of the day during July and August, when daily peak temperatures can reach well into the mid 30’s (˚C). The evenings are impossibly long too, with air temperatures easily warm enough to enjoy your evening meal outside, watching the sun dip below the mountainous horizon, turning the sky blazing orange. Winter is also an excellent time to visit, when the crowds have dispersed, yet daily temperatures remain around 15˚C.
Holiday rental property in Bracciano is easily reached from Britain. Located just 25 miles east of Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO), the region is easily accessible. Flights to Rome are available from Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI) and London.