This week Dan and I finally journeyed to Italy to visit his sister, Kelsey, and her husband, Fabio. Fabio is from the scenic castle-by-the-lake town of Bracciano. Together they opened a beer bar/restaurant, Birreria dar Toro Seduto, which if you happen to travel to that area, you MUST stop by (and say you’re a friend/client/friend :)). Their food is a legit high-brow meets Italian take on pub fair and was honestly my favorite amidst many good meals and apertifs..
Anyway, I digress. Below I am posting the many photos I took (on Pentax 645 and iPhone) along with a brief timeline and a few notes. Enjoy !
We were picked up at the Rome airport by Kelsey, Fabio and his dad, Renzo and whisked off to their home which lies on the outskirts Bracciano. A lovely al fresco lunch had been prepared, and this perfect, lazy afternoon/golden hour may have been my favorite part of the entire trip.
We then head into the city center to our lovely Air BnB:And of course, a little wandering (filled with the sounds I always associate with Italy – diesel engines driving over cobblestones, pigeons flapping, church bells.. legit every time I visit these sounds are there!) and more photos as the sun set over the lake..
The whole team traveled up to Civita di Bagnoregio – a “ghost” city of sorts set up on a hillside that is slowly eroding into the valley surrounding it. A pretty gorgeous site, and popular with Italian tourists. I think my favorite part of this trip was people watching!
Kelsey and Fabio brought Dan and I to Rome (an hour 1/2 train ride). I didn’t feel like lugging my big camera around for this trip, but still managed some fun little slices of the cafes and sights from our wanderings.
We hadn’t actually spent much time in the city we were staying in! Oh and we were just a tad hungover this day.. so anyway we finally visited the castle (Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano). This proved to be also a major highlight of our entire trip. I love museums where you get to go inside a historic home or castle or estate or villa.. etc. This is the place that Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes married at and I could see why they chose it – pretty breathtaking (although more sturdy and masculine than the fairy tale castles you think of).