Trevignano Romano: day trip from Rome to 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. Surely, I 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, that makes it easier to stay focused on the enchanting color of the water throughout the day and the seasons. Given the location, the visitors of Trevignano Romano enjoy the longest sunsets on Lake Bracciano.
HOW TO GET TO TREVIGNANO ROMANO FROM ROME
Take a train to Anguillara Sabazia from either Valle Aurelia station (MA Linea A subway) or from Roma Ostiense station (MB Linea B subway “Piramide”). From the train station of Anguillara Sabazia, public buses “Schiaffini” Linea C to the town of Trevignano Romano depart at: 07:50; 09:00; 14:45; 19:20. Buses go back from Trevignano Romano to Anguillara train station at 06:50; 08:20; 14:15; 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 to 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 find also plenty of opportunity to sit and have dinner, drink a glass of wine. Start walking next the “Cinema Palma” movie theater and keep going in the direction of “Centro Velico 3v” until you find the beach.
Swim, take a sailing boat and a paddleboard on the lake
When the days are warm enough, nothing’s more satisfying than a swim in the clear Lake Bracciano. The beach in 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 viewpoint
Another nice walk in Trevignano Romano starts at “Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III” and, through the “Porta dell’Orologio” gate, alley after alley, reaches at the panoramic remains of the Orsini Fortress. From the viewpoint, 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 and was realized by one of Raffaello’s disciple.
From the panoramic point[/caption]
Sitting among the remains of the Orsini Fortress
Visit the Museo etrusco-romano of 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 1960’s two necropolis of a high artistic and historical value were discovered in the neighborhood. The “Museo Etrusco-romano” displays the remains from the two archeological sites. The grave goods include decorated vases, metal objects and jewelry, and a calash.
Visit the predatory birds sanctuary in Trevignano Romano
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 the birds. The center is immersed in the natural reserve, and it’s about one hour hike if you walk from the “Porta dell’Orologio” gate.
WHERE TO EAT IN TREVIGNANO ROMANO
With all the restaurants and cafes on and nearby Trevignano Romano’s lake promenade, you’ll have an embarassing wealth of options to choose from for you supper… I’ve selected a couple of places just so you know where to start, but they are not 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 have great seafood and all kinds of traditional Italian food.
Fettuccine at Gens Trebonia in Trevignano Romano[/caption]
Restaurant “La Vela”
The exterior of this place are very curated and nice. You can have breakfast (both sweet and savory style), lunch, aperitivo, and dinner here. There is a romantic dock with tables so that you can sit the closest to the water.
This eatery is an excellent choice 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.
Let me know your impressions about the lovely town of Trevignano Romano in the comments.