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Rome’s Enchanting Countryside


Introduction

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The Roman countryside in the region of Lazio is sprinkled with unforgettable historic towns, enchanting hamlets, lakeside castles, medieval fortresses, and archaeological ruins that have existed since the Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance eras, and are part of Italy’s rich and fascinating heritage.

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Our popular Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour is the answer to the often asked question: what is there to do outside of Rome?

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On this tour, you will have the opportunity to experience three of Italy’s most fascinating historical eras: Visit the famous Renaissance Odescalchi Castle (Castello Odescalchi) that overlooks the pristine Lake Bracciano, enjoy an authentic Italian lunch inside the Medieval hilltop fortress of Ceri, and have an adventurous afternoon exploring the ancient Etruscan tombs inside Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri.

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DAY TOUR FROM ROME:

Your Rome's Enchanting Countryside Day Tour will start at 9:00 AM when you meet your English speaking Rome Chauffeur at your hotel accommodation in Rome, and your tour will complete when you arrive back at approximately 5:00 PM

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SHORE EXCURSION FROM CIVITAVECCHIA CRUISE PORT:

Your Rome's Enchanting Countryside Shore Excursion will start at 8:00 AM when you meet your English speaking Rome Chauffeur on the pier next to your ship, and your tour will complete when you arrive back in Civitavecchia at approximately 5:00 PM

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Tour Itinerary

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Tour Description

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Bracciano Castle and Lake . Part of Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour with Rome-Chauffeur.com

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Your Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour starts with a lovely drive into the rustic Roman countryside, you will arrive in the small town of Bracciano, famous for its volcanic lake and well preserved castle.

Lake Bracciano itself is a sight to behold, a pristine volcanic lake surrounded by small craters that are still recognizable today while green with forests.

Overlooking the lake is the imposing castle, also referred to as Bracciano Castle, Odescalchi Castle or by it’s official name Castello Orsini-Odescalchi.

A glimpse of this formidable Renaissance military fortress will transport you to distant times and enchant you with vestiges of feudal lords, noble families, princes and dukes. The castle is still the private property of Prince Livio Odescalchi, and the interior of the castle has been transformed into a historical museum open to the public to visit.

As you make your way through the splendid rooms fit for Kings and Popes, you can admire the 6 centuries worth of artwork, furniture, weaponry, books and manuscripts, providing you with a genuine glimpse into the private quarters and lives of some of Italy’s most powerful historical figures.

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Ceri. Part of Rome's Enchanting Countryside tour with www.Rome-Chauffeur.com

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From Bracciano your Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour continues through the rural countryside will continue to your next destination, a hidden gem that seems to appear out of nowhere: the medieval hamlet of Ceri (Borgo di Ceri in Italian) that seems to rise out of a steep rock formation.

Due to the defensive protection this small fortified plateau offers, Ceri has been inhabited since the ancient times when the Etruscans and Romans rules these lands. Its original name “Caere Novum” was shortened to Ceri.

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Medieval fortress of Ceri. Part of Rome's Enchanting Countryside tour with Rome-Chauffeur

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Frozen in time to when it was founded in early 1200’s, Ceri invites visitors to experience an authentic medieval hamlet and enchants them with an atmosphere that evokes eras that fairytales are made of.

What not to miss in Ceri is its famous Romanesque Church of the Madonna of Ceri that was built on top of an Etruscan temple dedicated to goddess Vesta and decorated with stunning frescoes from the 12th century.

The restaurants in Ceri are among the most sought after by discerning Italians for their fine local cuisine and quality ingredients that produce the tastiest dishes. For an unforgettable gastronomic experience, you don’t want to miss Lunch in Ceri.

Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis, Dado Tomb

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From here you will continue your next adventure as you explore some of Italy’s most fascinating sites: the Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri where for several centuries the ancient Etruscans built and expanded their enormous necropolis (or city of the dead).

Originally a powerful Etruscan city state named Caere Vetus, Cerveteri is famous for its necropolis that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Of the near 1,000 acres that the necropolis covers, about 25 acres have been excavated with about 1,000 tombs open to visitors. Spanning 6 centuries of the Etruscan civilization, the Banditaccia necropolis offers the unique opportunity to witness the advancement of this pre-Roman civilization whose tombs evolved from simple stone pits or potholes where the ashes were housed, to elaborate round and cube shaped tombs built like city blocks with roads.

Although you may not be Indiana Jones or Lara Craft of Tomb Raiders, exploring these ancient tombs hand carved into the living tuffa rock, and experiencing such a unique place sacred to one of Italy’s most significant ancient civilizations is undeniably profound and will leave you yearning to learn more about the mysterious people whom these tombs once belonged to.

Among the most famous tombs is the most recent Tomb of the Reliefs (Tomba dei Rilievi), that dates to 3rd century BC.

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After spending a day traveling through Italy’s important historic eras, you will enjoy a relaxing drive back to Rome or your cruise ship in Civitavecchia.

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Thank you for your interest in our tours. We look forward to meet you and to help you create unforgettable memories in Italy!

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Important Information

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What is included in Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour?

Tour price includes: English speaking Chauffeur, Private deluxe Vehicle, Tax, Fuel, Toll Fees, and all road expenses required to provide the service.
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What is NOT included in Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour?

Tour price does NOT include: Entry Tickets, Lunch, Gratuities, Private Tour Guides if hired separately, or any expenses outside of what is included above.
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Entry Tickets

Tickets to Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano are currently 8.50 Euros per person

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Private Tours of the Castle: Odescalchi Castle offers private tours in English with advance bookings at 120 Euros INCLUDING entry tickets. Availability of English speaking tour guides is limited, please inform us in advance so we can secure this tour.

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Entry tickets to Cerveteri Banditaccia Necropolis are currently 10 Euros per person.

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You have the option to self tour the necropolis, or hire a local licensed tour guide for an informative guided tour of the necropolis. If interested in private tour guide, please inquire for rates and availability.
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Your Tour Chauffeur

Tour Chauffeurs are not licensed tour guides, therefore they are forbidden by law to accompany or guide guests to sightsee during the tour. In order to comply with local laws, drivers are required to stay with the vehicle while our guests sightsee.
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Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be made at least 7 days in advance via email. Cancellations by phone or by someone other than the party who placed the reservation is not accepted.

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