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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Photographing A Vineyard - Exhibition by Marco Reali

At Palazzo Tronconi Winery Restaurant, we are delighted to be exhibiting a photographic exhibition by local photographer Marco Reali. 

Marco Reali Photographer
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Through the lens, Marco explores key events on our vineyard, capturing scenes that catalogue stages that vines go through throughout the year. From the first buds in spring to veraison when the grapes start to change colour. Glorious harvest then autumnal colours to leafless vines in the winter. Images of biodynamic farming are evocative of simple farming techniques of days gone by. Sweeping rural landscapes and portraits of the winemaker.

photographing a vineyard
photographing a vineyard
harvest on a vineyard
photographing a vineyard
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Come along and enjoy the exhibition we are open for Apericena Friday and Saturday evenings from 7.30 or Sunday Lunch and a tour of our vineyard at 11.30.

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Biodynamic Cocktail on Roof Terrace at Palazzo Tronconi Restaurant  photo S. Hoehn

Biodynamic Cocktail on Roof Terrace at Palazzo Tronconi Restaurant

photo S. Hoehn

Palazzo Tronconi Osteria

Wine Tour and Cooking Classes Vacation Lazio, Italy

 

7 day Wine Tour and Cooking with Excursions

from 1,800.00 (discount available for 4 people or more)

culinary class near Rome

Cooking Classes and Wine Tour Ciociaria Experience in the Lazio region of Italy

This week long holiday offers you the chance to experience the true flavours of Italy, master the art of traditional Italian cuisine with our renowned specialised chefs, using locally sourced ingredients. Palazzo Tronconi's owner and oenologist Marco will take you on a personal wine tour of his vineyard and winery where you will be able to taste the biodynamic wines we produce. Take in some culture we have handpicked the most beautiful places, off the tourist track that represent our Italian heritage and this beautiful landscape, including the beautiful historic fishing village of Sperlonga and the interesting Casa Lawrence.

7 Day Package Food and Wine Experience From €1,800/person (discount available for 4 people plus)

  • 7 days (6 nights) in our renovated 18th Century Boutique Hotel, Staying in a lovely ensuite bedroom, fully air-conditioned with wifi, flatscreen TV and minibar.

  • All breakfast, lunches and dinners included. Beverages included tea, coffee, spring water, juice, complimentary glass of wine available with each meal at Palazzo Tronconi.

  • Wine Tour of our own vineyards

  • Five course organic lunch at winery paired with our wines we produce 

  • 2 Cooking Lessons - choose from the culinary classes we offer

  • 2 Foodie Trips - A visit an Artisan Buffalo Mozzarella Farm and a visit to an olive oil mill

  • A choice of 3 Excursions to visit some beautiful places that represent this beautiful region. 

  • All transfers to excursions included.

  • Collection and drop-off at airpot included

Example Itinerary, our holidays are tailor-made to suit you, choose the type of cooking classes you would like to take and the excursions you would like to go to. 

DAY 1

  • Arrival and pickup from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) airport

  • Light lunch upon arrival and check-in at Palazzo Tronconi

  • Time to unpack your luggage and relax in your room

  • Take a stroll in the cobbled alleys and discover the medieval town of Arce Dinner at our favourite local restaurant

DAY 2 

  • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries and fruits yoghurts)

  • A visit to the Gothic Abbey of Casamari be mesmerised by this understated Abbey to the sounds of Gregorian Chants.

  • Visit a traditional family-run olive oil mill with an explanation of the extra- virgin oil extraction process

  • Lunch

  • Time to relax then enjoy a fun and relaxed Pizza Lesson with Pizza master Giuseppe Marcuccilli, guaranteed to make you smile, he will show you the secrets to creating the best pizza dough and melt in your mouth pizzas. A recipe you can replicate at home in a conventional oven.

  • Pizza in the dining room with a glass of our biodynamic wine.

Day 3

  • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries and fruits yoghurts)

  • Pack your beach bag! We will take you to the Ancient fishing village of Sperlonga, with stunning views over the azure blue Tyrrhenian sea. Enjoy the sea air whilst having lunch at our favourite seafood restaurant. Voted as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, the old town is full of charm of whitewashed houses. A great place for walking you will come across the ruins a Roman Villa and the grotto of Tiberius

  • Evening Relax and Dinner at Palazzo Tronconi or at a traditional restaurant where the locals eat in a nearby town.

Day 4 

  • Visit an Artisan Buffalo Mozzarella Farm, located in the countryside of Arce on the banks of the stunning Liri, is an artisan cheese factory. This tour has been specially designed to show the complex stages of production following a traditional mozzarella recipe. You will see the skill involved and the work of miracles to produce this delicious delicacy. Who would have thought you could learn how buffalo mozzarella is made in a morning? Followed by a tasting with a drizzle of local extra virgin olive oil and bread. Mozzarella will never taste the same again!

  • A visit to the stunning hill top of Cassino, here stands the worlds most glorious abbey, Montecassino Abbey a centre of historic culture in Italy. Here St Benedict wrote the Benedictine rule that became the founding principle for Western Monasticism. Today visitors enjoy the glorious ornate interior, and spend hours walking around the courtyard and gardens, with beautiful white doves in the peace garden and spectacular views from the balcony.

  • Light lunch at a selected local restaurant.

  • Back at the hotel for a relax

  • Enjoy a pasta lesson with chef Milly, using a variety of techniques Milly will show you how to create traditional hand made pasta with accompanying sauces.

  • Enjoy your dishes in the dining room with a glass of our biodynamic wine.

Day 5

  • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries, fruits and yoghurts and more)

  • A Trip to Casa Lawrence set in a stunning landscape the charming Villa named after its famous guest DH Lawrence who was so inspired by the landscape he completed his novel here. The owner also makes one of the best Pecorino cheeses in Italy and delicious cured meats to taste with a local variety of Cabernet wine. Casa Lawrence is truly a hidden gem and epitomises what our region is all about.

  • Lunch at Casa Lawrence.

  • A visit to a local vineyard to meet the owners and try some award winning wines.

  • Dinner at Palazzo Tronconi or a recommended traditional restaurant

    Day 6

    Sunday 

  • Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries, fruits and yoghurts)

  • We will take you on a Wine Tour of our own Demeter certified biodynamic Vineyard, and Winery. Marco, oenologist and owner will take you through the wine making process. You will start in the vineyard followed by the winery and finally the most enjoyable part our winery restaurant overlooking the vineyards – a five course organic lunch of local cuisine paired with with the 6 exquisite wines we produce.

  • Back at the hotel time to relax and a stroll into town before dinner at the hotel.

    DAY 7
    • A Full Italian breakfast (including cappuccino, fresh pastries, fruits and yoghurts)

    Depart for Rome. We hope you have a lovely stay with us!

Augusto, Artisan Vermouth by Palazzo Tronconi

Label of Love

Label design by Donatella Francati

Label design by Donatella Francati

artisan vermouth

Last month we were very excited to tell you about Augusto, our first artisan vermouth. Made with 70% of our biodynamic wine Fregellae from the grape pampanaro for the base and fortified with 15% our natural grappa Uaddia of Fregellae. We collaborated with local herbalist Valentina Fraioli adding fusions of herbs including absinthe, lemon balm, grand wormwood, sweet fennel, angelica, camellia and gentiana.

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The next step was to design a label, traditionally vermouth labels are very decorative and floral highlighting the botanical element involved in the production of this aromatised, fortified wine. We wanted something strong and bold that had a vintage feel to it. Donatella Francati our designer used a simple colour palette of three colours, highlighting the golden yellow of the herb gentian.

Next step is designing the bottle, what a beautiful process we work to....

 

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vintage vermouth labels

Pastry Courses at Palazzo Tronconi in association with Polselli

Fancy your chances as a Master Chocolatier?

polselli chefs

For almost a century Polselli have been using the finest grain to produce arguably the best flour in the world. We are so fortunate to have three chefs from the Polselli Institute instruct our cookery classes using trade secrets to produce the most amazing results in our kitchen. From fine pastries, breads, to melt in your mouth pizzas! 

Tonight our first pastry class of the season starts with pastry chef Gino Diana. 

Lesson one is Chocolate, if you fancy your chances as a master chocolatier, he will  guide you through the process of tempering chocolate to create the perfect cake decoration. 

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