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About Lake Bracciano
You'll no doubt have heard of Lazio, Italy's beautiful lakes region, but you might not have realised that some of the country's most charming lakes are the flooded volcanic craters just 32kms north of the centre of Rome - Lake Bracciano in particular. So the best places to stay in Lake Bracciano make ideal bases if you want to get to know both the city of Rome and the surrounding Lazio countryside.
There are three towns along the banks of Lake Bracciano, and these have become popular, and glamorous spots for Romans on a summer's weekend. Bracciano is famous for its beautifully preserved 15th Century castle. Trevignano Romano is popular with the sailing crowds, and is a great spot for a peaceful stroll into the hills and Anguillara Sabazia is closest to Lake Bracciano's little, undeveloped sister, Lake Martignano.
One of the reasons for Lake Bracciano's great beauty it that its incredibly clean - it's used for Rome's drinking water, so no motorboats are allowed, but you are allowed to swim, sail and mess about in the water.
The best places to stay in Lake Bracciano offer options for all, but our favourites are an intimate seven room villa and an ancient converted castle.
- Villa Clementina is a romantic, seven room hotel right by the lake, surrounded by views of the lake and or sunflower fields. Rooms and suites have stone floors and traditional murals. And there are tennis courts, a luxurious spa and a fine dining restaurant.
- Castello della Castelluccia is an ideal option if you'd like to spend time in Rome, but also enjoy the beauty of the hills and Lake Bracciano. It's a gorgeous 12th Century castle, converted into a 23 room hotel, complete with original chapel, Mediterranean gardens, terracotta and parquet floors and lavish furnishings.
Best Hotels in Lake Bracciano
Castello della Castelluccia 23 rooms from $115Rome (La Giustiniana)
A gorgeous hotel in a 12th century castle. Exquisite rooms features frescoes, terracotta and parquet floors, four poster beds and lavish furnishings. Original chapel, pool, spa and Mediterranean garden. Excellent traditional cuisine. Perfect for a romantic weekend near the sights of Rome.Romantic Break - Stunning decor within hotel, gardens, spa area. Also close to the romantic sites of Rome and the area, such as Farnese castleSights nearby - Good connection to public transport, the most famous sights such as Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps are easily reachableFour poster beds - For romantics.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Villa Clementina 7 rooms from $151Lake Bracciano
A heavenly hotel close to Lake Bracciano. Utterly romantic bedrooms and suites have creamy furnishings, stone floors and traditional murals on sandstone walls. Delightful living areas, fine dining Italian restaurant, a luxurious spa, tennis courts. A perfect spot for a honeymoon or romantic break.Outstanding location - A heavenly location close to the lake and surrounded by sunflower fields.Foodies - Fine dining restaurant serves Italian cuisine.Spa breaksRomantic Break