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starting time:9:00 AM at Rome Hotel 8:00 AM at Civitavecchia
For up to 3 people from Rome: 400 EUROS
For up to 6 people from Rome: 450 EUROS
For up to 8 people from Rome: 500 EUROS
For up to 3 people from Civitavecchia: 450 EUROS
For up to 4 people from Civitavecchia: 500 EUROS
For up to 6 people from Civitavecchia: 550 EUROS
For up to 8 people from Civitavecchia: 600 EUROS
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.
Our popular Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour is the answer to the often asked question: what is there to do outside of Rome?
On this tour, you will have the opportunity to experience three of Italy’s most fascinating historical eras: Visit the famous Medieval /Renaissance era 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.
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 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.
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.
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 ancient 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.
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 tufa 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), which dates to 3rd century BC.
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.
Thank you for your interest in our tours. We look forward to meeting you and to helping you create unforgettable memories in Italy!
The listed price of the tour is per vehicle, not per person. Rome Chauffeur accepts online prepayment via PayPal or Credit Card at the time you confirm your tour or you may pay on the Date of Service in Euro funds at the end of the tour made directly to your Chauffeur. If at any time you need extra funds on the day of your tour, your chauffeur will be happy to help you locate an ATM machine.
Cancellations must be made at least 3 days prior to your Date of Service. Prepaid services cancelled last minute less than 3 days or are No Show on the Date of Service are NOT Refundable.
Cancellations must be made in writing via E-Mail followed by an official cancellation confirmation E-Mail from our office in order for your cancellation to be valid. Cancellations are NOT accepted by Phone, Text, or through 3rd Party individuals such as hotel clerks, friends, or concierge services.
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.
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
Tickets to Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano are currently 8.50 Euros per person
* Private Tours of the Castle: Odescalchi Castle offers private tours in English with advance booking 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.
Entry tickets to Cerveteri Banditaccia Necropolis are currently 10 Euros per person.
You have the option to self tour the necropolis, or book a local licensed tour guide for an informative guided tour of the necropolis. If interested in a private tour guide, please inquire within for rates and availability.
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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Reviews from our Customers
We were informed that our driver will pick us up at the cruise port at 8am, but we walked off at 7:30am and right there I saw our driver holding up my name - 30 minutes early and ready to wait. Impressed. Because we were so early, he took us to our first stop Bracciano. It was by the lake and there was a small cafe where we enjoyed crossiants and coffee for breakfast with a killer view. After, he drove us to the Castle and we had free time to explore. Because we had such an early head start, he parked and gave us a mini guided tour right behind the castle to look at the views. He even offered ...
Terrific, terrific, terrific!
Honestly, I recommend Rome Chauffer and their Roman countryside tour. It is something different that you cannot experience in Rome. We were informed that our driver will pick us up at the cruise port at 8am, but we walked off at 7:30am and right there I saw our driver holding up my name - 30 minutes early and ready to wait. Impressed. Because we were so early, he took us to our first stop Bracciano. It was by the lake and there was a small cafe where we enjoyed crossiants and coffee for breakfast with a killer view. After, he drove us to the Castle and we had free time to explore. Because ...