A day in Trevignano Romano: exploring Lake Bracciano’s gem
I’ve heard many locals and travelers say that Trevignano Romano is the most adorable among the towns on Lake Bracciano. And I certainly agree. The fact that the city doesn’t have a train station drives people to other towns and gives Trevignano Romano a secluded, protected feel. Another factor is that the city center is just a few steps from the shore of the lake, and that makes it easier to stay focused on the enchanting color of the water throughout the day and in all seasons. Because of the location, visitors to Trevignano Romano enjoy the longest sunsets on Lake Bracciano. I’ve collected the essential tips on how to visit Trevignano Romano. Here you go!
HOW TO GET TO TREVIGNANO ROMANO FROM ROME
Take a train to Anguillara Sabazia from either the Valle Aurelia station (MA Linea A subway) or from the Roma Ostiense station (MB Linea B subway, the “Piramide” station). From the train station in Anguillara Sabazia, public buses of the “Schiaffini” Linea C to the town of Trevignano Romano depart at 07:50, 09:00, 14:45 and 19:20. Buses go back from Trevignano Romano to the Anguillara train station at 06:50, 08:20, 14:15 and 18:45.
THINGS TO DO IN TREVIGNANO ROMANO
Take a stroll along the lake’s promenade
The heart of Trevignano Romano is the large, curated boardwalk with gardens, benches where you can sit and look at the lake, tall umbrella pine trees and contemporary sculptures. During the warm season and the Christmas holidays, the boardwalk hosts a vintage market. Here, you’ll also find plenty of opportunity to sit and have dinner, or drink a glass of wine. Next, start walking toward the “Cinema Palma” movie theater and keep going in the direction of “Centro Velico 3v” until you find the beach.
Swim, or take a sailboat or a paddleboard out on the lake
When the days are warm enough, nothing’s more satisfying than a swim in the clear waters of Lake Bracciano. The beach at Trevignano Romano is quite close to the historical center, shops, and cafes. You can paddleboard or take a sailing class (info on the map).
Walk in the old town up to the lookout point, the remains of the Orsini Fort
Another nice walk in Trevignano Romano starts at the “Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III” and, passing through the “Porta dell’Orologio” gate, past alley after enchanting alley, reaches the panoramic remains of the Orsini Fortress. From the observation point, you’ll have a wide glimpse of Lake Bracciano and the surrounding countryside. On the way to the fortress, the little church of Santa Maria Assunta offers an opportunity to rest, and to observe the fresco in the apsis: it represents the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, and was painted by one of the disciples of Raffaello (Raphael in English). This is perfect also for stargazing.
From the lookout point
Sitting among the remains of the Orsini Fortress
Visit the Museo Etrusco-Romano in Trevignano Romano
In pre-Roman times, the city of Trevignano Romano was one of the hubs of the Etruscan civilization in the region. In the 1960s, two necropolises of high artistic and historical value were discovered in the neighborhood. The “Museo Etrusco-Romano” displays the artifacts from these two archeological sites. The goods found in the graves include decorated vases, metal objects and jewelry, as well as a calash, a type of chariot.
Address: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III, 1
Visit the predatory birds sanctuary in Trevignano Romano (great for brave kids)
Right on a hill a few km from the center of Trevignano lies a research center for the study and preservation of predatory birds. The operators will guide you through a tour, during which you’ll find out everything about the life of these birds. This research center is immersed in the natural reserve, and it’s about a one-hour hike if you walk from the “Porta dell’Orologio” gate. Connect with them through their website.
Address: Via Sutri, 13
WHERE TO EAT IN TREVIGNANO ROMANO
With all the restaurants and cafes on or near Trevignano Romano’s lakeside promenade, you’ll have a huge wealth of options to choose from for your supper… I’ve selected a couple of places just so you know where to start, but they are hardly the only ones! The leading dishes are the fried lake fish, and the home-made pasta topped with lake fish and fresh tomatoes, but you could also have great seafood and all kinds of traditional Italian food.
Fettuccine at Gens Trebonia in Trevignano Romano
“La Vela” Restaurant
The exterior of this place is very curated and nice. You can have breakfast (both sweet and savory styles), lunch, aperitivo, and dinner here. There is a romantic dock with tables so that you can sit close to the water.
This eatery is an excellent choice, even if you only need a drink from the wine and beer selection, but it would be a pity to miss one of their home-made pasta dishes like the fettuccine or the pappardelle. The desserts are nice too, and the menu changes often.
Osteria Fuori Porta
This is the place where you should order the “eel”, or anguilla in Italian. This fish is served in small chunks on a delicate olive oil and mint bed. The chef makes everything with her own hands, from pasta to desserts, which change depending on the season and the mood.
If you liked Trevignano Romano, consider visiting another charming little town on the Lake Bracciano called Anguillara Sabazia, or the impressive Bracciano Castle which is just a few km away. Here are further day-trips from Roma.
Let me know your impressions about the lovely town of Trevignano Romano in the comments.