Venice to Bracciano, ItalyMay 28, 2017 in Italy
Bags went out by 12am last night so we set the alarm for 8am, nice to have a sleep in, this bed is amazing!!!!
WE all had a nice long shower and popped on the last of our clean clothes before heading to Cagney’s for our last meal around 9am. Disemabarked at 10am and decided to walk over the bridge to Santa Lucia train station rather than the people mover train as it was packed!
The sun is out and it’s another fabulous day, looking forward to seeing some of the Italian countryside as we fly by at 300kms an hour. Kids just want the internet kakaka.
Found a table at a cafe by the train station grabbed some drinks and lazed around to wait the hour and a bit for the train to Rome. Decided to grab another sandwich for the train ride and the serivce was a bit slow and then our train platform which didn’t show until 15mins before departure was the furthest away so was a mad dash, and of course our carriage was coach 2 at the front of the train. I chose this as we wanted to travel business class and also be at the front as we had a quick change in Rome to get on the regional train to Bracciano. IN the end at coach 7 I said lets just get on and struggle down the carriages as I didn’t wanna be rushing alongside and watch it leave :).
Found our nice leather reclining seats and really glad we paid the little bit more as we also got drinks, water and a little snack of bagel chips for the trip. The wifi wasn’t great so Matt and I enjoyed the views and read and the kids listened to music and minecraft and occasionally at Matt’s request looked out the window. heeheeehee.
It was a relaxing almost 4 hour journey with only 4 stops.
Luckily the train showed all the platforms for connecting trains before we got to our stop so we knew to get off and head to Platform 2, checked with the driver we were on the right train and found some seats by the doors. Bracciano is the last stop so no rush to get off.
Unfortunately with the internet dramas we hadn’t managed to get hold of Marina the lady from Bracciano, or to find out how to get to the house. Arrived in Bracciano around 5.30pm and walked for 5 mins realised the village was a bit bigger than we thought so went back to the train station, unfortunately no taxis were there, so we text Marina as my phone was working and tried to find a taxi. at 6pm a lovely taxi driver arrived told us we could walk as it was close but if we wanted a lift it was 5euro, of course we walked, kakaka hopped right in that taxi
and in 5 mins we were at our fabulous medieval house, it’s 3 levels and tight behind the castle with a great little balcony and small view of the lake.
It is absolutely perfect, HUGE!!! central and soooo old, but has fabulous bathrooms and 3 bedrooms and 2 lounges. BLISS. Ooh and Marina had a bottle of Prosecco chilled for us on arrival. She showed us around the apartment and then left us to enjoy it. I could stay here for ever and write novels and paint, smelling all the delicious jasmine growing around the old buildings, eating gelato and enjoying all that Italy has too offer.
Quickly unpacked and headed out to explore the old streets and avenues around our house. Friendly cats greet us as we stop too pat them, missing our fur babies but enjoying meeting some others.
First stop a gelato whole in the wall, one minute from our door, the most divine chocolato ever as it was super dark and had big pieces of creamy dark chocolate ganache inside. I may have died and gone to heaven!!!
The church bells chime every 15mins, it’s a lovely sound and the lovely animated Italian language surrounds us as we are greeted at the small intimate cafes and bars. It’s quiet so a perfect time to visit and everyone is so friendly.
We find a tiny family restaurant with a seating area against the wall of the castle and sit down for the best pasta every, ravioli freshly made with a ricotta filling and a light basil pesto sauce. Oohs and argh could be heard from our table as it arrived. Delissimo!!!
Gorgonzola pizza for Matt, Funghi for Belle and Prosciutto for Travis all huge and wood fired. We left with abig box of takeaways for our lunch tomorrow. As the sunsets we head into the town to find a supermarket so we can have some supplies for our first lazy day in Bracciano tomorrow.
All stocked up on delicious cheeses, cheery tomatoes, fresh berries and cherries we head back to the house for a few glasses of prosecco for the evening, some computer time for our weary kids ;) then our heads hit the pillows around 10.30pm.Read more