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Lake Bracciano

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Lake Bracciano

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Lake Bracciano (Lago di Bracciano) is a lake in the Italian region of Lazio, 32 km northwest of Rome. It has a perimeter of approximately 32 km. Three towns border the lake, Bracciano, Anguillara Sabazia and Trevignano Romano.

View of Anguillara on Lake Bracciano

The lake is a popular location for Romans at weekends, particularly during the summer when the area can get extremely crowded. It serves as a drinking water reservoir for Rome and the use of motorboats is forbidden. This makes Bracciano one of the cleanest lakes of Italy. Swimming, sailing and other watersports are permitted.

Get in

The towns of Anguillara and Bracciano can be reached by train from Ostiense railway station in Rome. By car, take Rome’s ring road (the GRA) to the Cassia bis exit and follow the signs to the lake. Alternatively, you can take the coastal Autostrada to Civitavecchia, leaving it at Cerveteri and following signs to Bracciano.

Get around


  • Bracciano is a small town mainly famous for a well-preserved 15th Century castle (Castello Odescalchi), which has hosted a number of events, most famously the wedding of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes on 18 November 2006. [2]
  • Anguillara Sabazia is built on a small cape that sticks out into the lake. Three kilometres east of the town lies the small Lake Martignano. This is not accessible by car and requires a short walk from the parking area. Unlike Lake Bracciano it is very undeveloped.
  • Trevignano Romano is on the north side of the lake. It has some pleasant lakeside walks and is the lake’s main sailing center.


  • Italian Air Force Museum (Museo Storico Aeronautica Militare), Vigna Di Valle (on the southernmost point of the lake between Bracciano and Anguillara), =390699887509 (), [1]. 09.30-16.30 in winter and 09.30-17.30 in summer. Free of charge.



  • Chalet del Lago. Perfect setting right on the lake with great views of Anguillara. Has been used as a set by several directors, including Fellini. Good wine list. (Just before Anguillara as you approach from Bracciano) [3]




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