Italy’s Fiat 500

The World’s Most Charming Car

Fiat 500c in Palazzo Tronconi’s courtyard photo by  Lynette Michael

Fiat 500c in Palazzo Tronconi’s courtyard photo by Lynette Michael

In 1955, in the park of the Stupinigi Royal Hunting Lodge, just outside of Torino, Dante Giacosa unveiled an entire range of new Fiat models in plain view.  Among them was what would become a cult classic and national hero—the Fiat 500.  

The car was marketed as ‘The Second Best Shape in Italy’ and was only to be rivalled by the likes of Loren and Lollobrigida. The first Fiat 500 posters read, “If it were a lady, it would get its bottom pinched.” 

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The 500’s fuel efficiency and chic Italian styling made the car desirable. The whole world wanted it. Full of personality from the the painted pressed metal wheels to its beautifully rounded lines, canvas roof, and recessed headlights, its design won Dante Giacosa the prestigious Golden Compass award in 1959.  

A little car that had a huge impact on the daily life of an entire generation, the Fiat 500 was about confidence and freedom.  It played a major role in bringing hope to war-torn Italy.  It meant access to better jobs, broader horizons, and a new life.  It made a promise of better times and it delivered

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Top Rome restaurants for Wine Lovers as Chosen By Decanter

Top spots to eat and drink like the locals in Italy’s capital


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We were delighted to read this article in September’s issue of Decanter, it’s a great list and you are able to try our Biodynamic Wines in three of the top bars listed, Enoteca Trimani, Rimessa Roscioli and Armando al Pantheon

Enoteca Trimani

Enoteca Trimani

Enoteca Trimani

The Trimani family runs Rome’s oldest wine shop with more than 6,000 labels, including many artisan and natural – and also produces wine from its own estate in Lazio. The multi-generational business began in 1821 and moved to its present location on the corner of Via Goito in 1876. Next door, in what was Rome’s first wine bar, Carla Trimani cooks delicious local dishes and serves artisan salumi and cheeses to accompany the exciting wine list.

Roscioli

Roscioli Rome

Roscioli Rome

Roscioli started as a modest bakery in the heart of the city and has grown into one of Rome’s top food resources for bread, pizza, food and wine. It’s still a thrill to enter the main shop in Via dei Giubbonari, lined with fabulous salumi and cheeses, and work one’s way to the back where there are tables for lunch and dinner with great wines by the glass too: book ahead!

Armando al Pantheon

Armando al Pantheon

Armando al Pantheon

If you’re after really traditional Roman fare – from tripe to stuffed artichokes, amatriciana pasta and lamb’s intestines – you need look no further than this classic trattoria. It’s a Roman favourite, bang in the centre of town. The wine list is interesting too, thanks to the owner’s daughter, Fabiana Gargioli, who manages it.

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https://www.decanter.com/wine-travel/restaurant-and-bar-recommendations/city-guide-rome-249496/#i2I9yqwPpLxa6EfA.99

Visit our vineyard and winery followed by an organic lunch paired with our wines

Palazzo Tronconi wine tour

Wine Tour, Wine Tasting, Lunch and Accommodation Lazio Italy

Only an hour away from Rome, escape the city for the stunning unspoiled countryside of Ciociaria all inclusive from €170*

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What this includes:

  • One night in our renovated 18th Century Boutique Hotel, in the medieval town of Arce. Enjoy an ensuite, king bedroom,  fully air-conditioned with wifi, flatscreen TV and minibar.

  • A Generous breakfast including home baked traditional pastries, tea, coffee, spring water and juice.

  • A personal tour Wine Tour of our own Demeter certified biodynamic Vineyard, and Winery. We will take you through the wine making process. You will start in our beautiful vineyard followed by the eco winery.

  • At our winery restaurant enjoy an organic dinner or lunch of local cuisine paired with the exquisite wines we produce and aperitif included.

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*This price is for Thursday dinner, Friday Dinner, Saturday lunch/dinner, Sunday dinner only. Other times available by request.

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