Walking Holiday Italy

With rolling green hills, exquisite wines, a culinary culture and history that remains the envy of the region, the stunning landscapes of Ciociaria provide the perfect backdrop to Palazzo Tronconi walking holidays. 

 

Staying at our small, historic hotel in the medieval town of Arce, our English speaking experienced walking guides will take you off the beaten track allowing you to see the real Italy. On four walks you will discover breathtaking countryside, hidden hilltop villages and silent valleys, see age old customs and traditions combined with with historical landmarks.

Along your journeys sample delicious food at local mountain restaurants that serve up honest, hearty, traditional food.

This holiday is ideal for all ages it can be adapted for a more advanced walking group.

On the final day you will be invited to a personal tour of the hotel's vineyard and winery with Marco, winemaker and owner of Palazzo Tronconi.

Walking level from 1-5

Level 3 - medium (can be adapted accordingly)

Price:

€1,120 per person for a booking of two people

€1,000 per person for booking of 4 people or more

What this includes:

  • 6 days (5 nights) accommodationin our renovated historic 18th Century Boutique Hotel

  • Generous breakfasts including home baked traditional pastries and fresh Italian coffee. 

  • Lunches and dinners are included at our hotel, winery restaurant and other favourite restaurants *excludes drinks

  • Guided Walk 1 Cassino- Climb to Monte Cassino from the path of S. Scolastica, and walking through the area of Mount Calvario, visiting the obelisk, a monument dedicated to the Polish soldiers and the Polish cemetery. We will continue on to the exploded tank and at the Domek Doktora, where the injured were treated. A visit the Abbey of Montecassino the worlds most glorious abbey, which stands proud on the hill which dominates Cassino and the Gariglian valley. Finish the tour heading down the panoramic Via Di San Benedetto, admiring the Roman theater and the archaeological area of Cassino.

  • Guided Walk 2 to National Park of Abruzzo - Abruzzo is an area of unspoiled natural beauty that is fairly unknown to tourists. It's in the heart of the central Apennines between  Abruzzi, Lazio and Molise and its some 50,000 hectares are home to 25 towns. The great Appenine, peaks, a stunning mountain region of picturesque hilltop towns and silent valleys. We will enter at the National Park of Abruzzo Lazio and Molise, starting from the Abbey of Canneto, we will walk the lush Valle di Canneto, pausing at the waterfall where Pope Woytila was gathered in prayer and with a bit of luck we can spot natural wildlife that inhabit the park. 

  • Guided Walk 3 to the beautiful historic Arpino- characterised by ancient narrow alleys and historic buildings, this is a stunning starting point for the ascent to the village of Civitavecchia, surrounded by megalithic walls and accessible via a pointed arch. Walking between woods and streams we will descend in the gorge of Melfa, following the river to reach Roccasecca.

  • Guided Walk 4 Forca d'Acero in the National Park of Abruzzo - Departing from Forca d'Acero, a walk through the woods and clearings of Macchiarvana, arriving at the sanctuary of Monte Tranquillo. The scenery here is characterized by mountain chains, rivers and streams. It's the ideal place to spend a day in close contact with nature and to admire unpoluted landscapes, rich flora and varied fauna. Here a chance to spot certain species such as the Marsican brown bear (40 bears), golden eagle, Apennine wolf, deer, otter and chamois, have all found refuge and their habitat amongst these remote valleys and inaccessible mountains. A visit of the village of Pescasseroli. 

  • A personal wine tour of our Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard and Eco Winery and tasting with Owner and oenologist Marco Marrocco

  • A 5 Course Organic Lunch paired with the wines we produce at our Winery Restaurant  

  • Drop off and collection to all starting and finishing points of walks
    *Note flights are not included, closest airport is Rome, transfers from airport may be arranged 

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Cooking Vacation in Ciociaria Italy

Learn to Cook the Italian Way

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Come join us and learn to cook dishes from our regional cuisine the true Italian way, with recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, our classes are fun and informal. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned chef, we will let you into some of our secrets of our traditional, authentic recipes and the techniques we have learnt over centuries.

We offer three types of cooking classes with our experienced specialised chefs: learn to cook fresh pasta and sauces with Pasta Chef Milly, mouthwatering pizzas with Pizza Chef Giuseppe or a specialist class with our Head Chef Leonardo.

 

Learn to make Fresh Organic Pasta with Chef  Milly

'We had expected to be thrown into the deep end; making our first fresh pasta through learning by mistakes. However, this was not to be the case as chef Milly masterfully demonstrated the correct technique for creating several delicious pasta dishes. When it came to our turn, we were surprised just how tough the pasta dough was to knead - chef Milly has muscles!!' Jack, Cambridge UK

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Learn to make the Best Pizza with Pizza Chef Giuseppe

Giuseppe Marcuccilli is an Award Winning International master baker and pizza maker. Trained by master bread makers Franco Pepe and Patrick Ricci at Salone de Gusto, Turin he obtained a deeper understanding in the Italian craft of baking.  At Palazzo Tronconi he hosts popular lively, weekly courses for baking typical, authentic Italian bread, pizzas and focaccia, from the simplest to the more complex. 

A Masterchef lesson with Head Chef Leonardo

 "I have thought carefully about the dishes I present in our cooking classes. I want to capture the essence of not only our regional cuisine of Ciociaria but of Italian Cookery, which often is about less is more."  Leonardo Grimaldi, Head Chef

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learn to cook in Italy

Diversity

Italian cuisine is noted for it's regional abundance of diversity and difference in taste and is one of the most popular in the world. 

Simplicity

There is a simplicity to our cuisine, It is not about complicated preparation of the dishes it is the quality of the few ingredients that we use. 

Organic

Ingredients that are pure, seasonal, locally produced and preferably organic and sustainable. 

Traditional

The recipes we have chosen are traditional but with a modern twist..

Techniques

Step by step, we will show you how.

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Cooking Vacation in Ciociaria Italy

Learn to Cook the Italian Way

cooking vacation Italy

Come join us and learn to cook dishes from our regional cuisine the true Italian way, with recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, our classes are fun and informal. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned chef, we will let you into some of our secrets of our traditional, authentic recipes and the techniques we have learnt over centuries.

We offer three types of cooking classes with our experienced specialised chefs: learn to cook fresh pasta and sauces with Pasta Chef Milly, mouthwatering pizzas with Pizza Chef Giuseppe or a specialist class with our Head Chef Leonardo.

 

Learn to make Fresh Organic Pasta with Chef  Milly

'We had expected to be thrown into the deep end; making our first fresh pasta through learning by mistakes. However, this was not to be the case as chef Milly masterfully demonstrated the correct technique for creating several delicious pasta dishes. When it came to our turn, we were surprised just how tough the pasta dough was to knead - chef Milly has muscles!!' Jack, Cambridge UK

pizza making class near Rome

 

Learn to make the Best Pizza with Pizza Chef Pizza Chef Giuseppe

Giuseppe Marcuccilli is an Award Winning International master baker and pizza maker. Trained by master bread makers Franco Pepe and Patrick Ricci at Salone de Gusto, Turin he obtained a deeper understanding in the Italian craft of baking.  At Palazzo Tronconi he hosts popular lively, weekly courses for baking typical, authentic Italian bread, pizzas and focaccia, from the simplest to the more complex. 

A Masterchef lesson with Head Chef Leonardo

 "I have thought carefully about the dishes I present in our cooking classes. I want to capture the essence of not only our regional cuisine of Ciociaria but of Italian Cookery, which often is about less is more."  Leonardo Grimaldi, Head Chef

cooking vacation Italy
learn to cook in Italy

Diversity

Italian cuisine is noted for it's regional abundance of diversity and difference in taste and is one of the most popular in the world. 

Simplicity

There is a simplicity to our cuisine, It is not about complicated preparation of the dishes it is the quality of the few ingredients that we use. 

Organic

Ingredients that are pure, seasonal, locally produced and preferably organic and sustainable. 

Traditional

The recipes we have chosen are traditional but with a modern twist..

Techniques

Step by step, we will show you how.

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Dionne Swift Stitch Workshop in Italy

Stitched Sketchbook with artist, Dionne Swift 5 Days

 21st May - 25th May 2018

4th October- 9th October 2018

€1250.00 all inclusive

(small group of 7 )

For me the processes of drawing and sewing are intertwined, but underpinned by observations and understandings of a place. Join me to develop your knowledge of this beautiful Italian location whilst deepening your appreciation of drawing techniques and indulging in a love of stitch. We will start by creating our own books and by overcoming the fear of working on a clean page! Each day I shall offer you a new focus and direction with intriguing exercises to push your creativity and explore your potential. All the ideas can all be easily adapted to working purely on paper if you don’t have a textile inclination...the choice is yours.
This is a week of creativity, Italian culture, food, wine and wonderment - I hope you can join me. 

What this exclusive holiday workshop includes...

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  • 5 days (4 nights) in our renovated 18th Century Boutique Hotel all inclusive of food and transfers.

  • Accommodation , generous breakfasts including home baked traditional pastries and fresh Italian coffee.

  • Lunches and Dinners at our own restaurant and hotel as well as hand picked restaurants ‘where the locals eat’

  • Expert tuition by Dionne Swift all materials for the workshop included. 

  • As part of a small group (maximum 7 people)  during this exclusive week, positive connections and friendships will be made, also no need to speak Italian to get the most from this experience!

  • Tour of the beautiful Palazzo Tronconi vineyard, winery followed by a wine tasting with owner and oenologist Marco Marrocco

  • Pizza Lesson with internationally renowned Pizza Master, he will be happy to share the secrets of preparing the best Italian pizza.

  •  Trip to Casamari Abbey 

  • Trip to the beautiful historic seaside town of Sperlonga 

  • For a small surcharge of €20 each way for a single collection and drop off at Ciampino airport. Or we are so close to Rome and Naples why not extend your stay?

Pasta Making Class in Italy

Touring around  Europe in their VW Camper Van Jack and Alex from Cambridge, England found their way to Palazzo Tronconi and embarked on a Pasta Making Class with our brilliant Pasta Chef Milly! This is what they had to say...

"Palazzo Tronconi as exclusive as it gets let the magic begin...."

We had expected to be thrown into the deep end; making our first fresh pasta through learning by mistakes. However, this was not to be the case as chef Milly masterfully demonstrated the correct technique for creating several delicious pasta dishes. When it came to our turn, we were surprised just how tough the pasta dough was to knead - chef Milly has muscles!!

The room was filled with animated cookery conversations from start to finish, it was a great atmosphere to be in the company of such a passionate chef. Enjoying the fruits of our labour with Palazzo Tronconi's own wine and sharing it all around together was a wonderful way to  finish to the evening. 

A thoroughly enjoyable experience leaving us with plenty of ideas for the future! 

 

TO BOOK A PASTA MAKING CLASS AT PALAZZO TRONCONI HERE

 

READ MORE ABOUT JACK AND ALEX'S ADVENTURES HERE

Veraison and Harvesting Exciting Times at Palazzo Tronconi Vineyard

The long days and nights of pruning, training, thinning as well as fulfilling our biodynamic promise to our land all becomes worthwhile. 
— Marco Marrocco, oenologist owner of Palazzo Tronconi
 photos courtesy  Sarah Hoehn

photos courtesy Sarah Hoehn

 

These are exciting times in our vineyard, veraison is a French term that means the beginning of ripening, our red grapes begin to change colour from green to a deep purple and our white grapes change from green to golden globes of amber. Veraison signals the grape berries to become much more resistant to many grape diseases - a huge relief for us especially after losing a percentage of our crop this year to the worst frosts we have encountered Europe. The changing colour is also associated with the aroma change, and this in turn can attract grape eating pests such as the wild pigs who feasted on our grapes a couple of years ago! 

 

Most importantly veraision is the final stage in the growing process and signals that we have grapes to harvest and to make wine with! So all good. 

The long days and nights of pruning, training, thinning as well as fulfilling our biodynamic promise to our land all becomes worthwhile. 

So onto harvest, we have started taking juice samples from the grapes to analyse to see how the grapes are ripening and harvest of Malvasia Puntinata and Trebbiano could take place within two weeks. Friends families and some of our past guests at Palazzo Tronconi Hotel are invited back to to help with harvest. Sounds romantic but it's intense, hard work, all our grapes are handpicked and need to be picked quickly once they are fully ripe. 

It's a labour of love but so far it's been worth the blood sweat and tears! 

 

See you soon!

Marco 

 

California Dreaming - Wine Tasting at Palazzo Tronconi Italy

Did someone say food wine and culture? Look no further, it was certainly on the menu for our Santa Barbara City College Guests

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Yesterday Palazzo Tronconi had the pleasure of hosting a young energetic group from The Santa Barbara City College, California, their course called 'Food and Culture in Italy's organised by Accent Rome Study Abroad.

Touring around Italy, part of their itinerary included a visit to Palazzo Tronconi's Demeter certified biodynamic Vineyard and new Winery where Marco, owner of Palazzo Tronconi discussed the wine making process. 

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Back at Palazzo Tronconi Tasting Rooms the group eagerly tried our wines,  Fregellae 2014 and 2015, the different vintages were discussed as well as Zitore 2015, Mocevo 2015 and Laurie 2015 and not forgetting Augusto our new vermouth, refreshing, served with ice and a slice of orange.

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Served with the the wine was Grilled Egg plant and Zucchini from Palazzo Tronconi's biodynamic vegetable garden, Salami made from local wild black boar,  locally produced buffallo mozzarella and bruschetta drizzled with Palazzo Tronconi's Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Beekeeping in Italy

Life is Bee-utiful at Palazzo Tronconi, Italy

Conserving our Flora and Fauna 

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Bees are essential to our eco system. They are responsible for almost a third of the food we eat. Their ecological and morphological characteristics make them valuable in the preservation of our environment. So, as a biodynamic winemaker obsessed with ecology and natural science when the beehives were introduced to Palazzo Tronconi on the 10th May 2017 we were all buzzing with excitement.

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Not only are we playing a small part in conserving our flora and fauna, we hope to produce  natural honey. We also intend to use the propolis that is produced in the hives for pharmaceutical purposes. The vineyards will also benefit as gradually we hope to abandon the use of copper and use a treatment of propolis instead.

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For centuries beekeepers assumed that bees sealed the beehive with propolis to protect the colony from the elements, such as rain and winds. Only recently research has shown that bees not only survive, but also thrive, with increased ventilation during the winter. In fact propolis adds much more beneficial purpose to the hive, including prevention of diseases and parasites from entering the hive, also stopping fungal and bacterial growth. It has also been used in traditional medicines for thousands of years.

Our honey is almost ready, and after tasting natural acacia honey for the first time, I cannot wait….

Book a Beehive Demonstration and Wine Tour at Palazzo Tronconi For more info:

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An evening of Jazz and Wine in Italy

Sit under the stars and listen to the hypnotic sounds of award winning trumpet player Luca Aquino

Sunday 2 July 2017, 18:30 at Palazzo Tronconi Winery €15

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Based upon his recorded offerings to date, one might get the impression that Italian trumpeter Luca Aquino has legendary Italian explorers’ roots in his musical DNA. While Columbus, Vespucci and others took sail over uncharted waters, Aquino (which translates as “little water”) sets off yet again and delivers aural riches...
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Jazz in Italy

Luca Aquino is an award winning trumpet player and composer. He is best known for his unique trumpet sound and for the use of natural reverberation in his music compositions. 

'Amal' is his new album was recorded at The at The Basalt amphitheatre of The Umm Qais archaeological site in Jordan. It was created as part of a global campaign to support the project UNESCO #Unite4Heritage, a musical enterprise to defend world heritage from extremism. A 4000km 'jazz' bike tour will create a trail of concerts and events from Benevento to Oslo. 

Working with some jazz greats to perform and produce some memorable albums, we are truly honoured that on this journey he will be joining us on the roof of our new eco winery at Palazzo Tronconi. 

For more details contact us