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.” 


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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Food Tour Italy - A Visit to an Artisan Buffalo Mozzarella farm

Few countries are so renowned for their culinary delights as Italy, our holiday experiences allow you to discover fine biodynamic wines and delicious organic food in the most beautiful of landscapes.

Buffalo Mozzarella

Buffalo Mozzarella

Located in the countryside of Arce, on the banks of the stunning Liri, is an artisan cheese factory. A tour that has been specially designed to show the stages of production, including the breeding and grazing of dairy animals. Here you will be shown the production
process of dairy products, understanding the complexity of every stage following a traditional recipe.

Buffalo Mozarella Farm

Buffalo Mozarella Farm

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.


Within our 3,5 and 7 day holidays we also offer to take you to a choice of guided memorable trips to handpicked places of interest and beauty. Book an experience or create your own. View our PRICE LIST or contact us below to discuss different a tailormade holiday option

Luxury Wine Tour, Food and Spa Break, Lazio Italy

Enjoy the dolce vita with an all inclusive 3 night Food, Wine and Spa at our historic restored boutique hotel and Tenuta Esdra Spa €1125/person

If you love biodynamic wine, organic Italian cuisine and crave for blissful serenity, our three day Wine and Spa break will provide you with the ultimate relaxation, set in breathtaking landscape guaranteed to inspire the soul.

We have partnered with Tenuta Esdra Spa to offer this exclusive experience combining the beauty of winemaking, organic Italian cuisine and a choice of luxury spa treatments.

Day 1 Friday

Palazzo Tronconi Hotel

Light organic lunch upon arrival and check-in at Palazzo Tronconi, time to unpack your luggage and relax in your room. Take a stroll in the ancient cobbled alleys and discover the medieval hill top town of Arce. We will take you to a traditional restaurant where the locals eat or if you choose you may book a one to one cooking class and learn to cook dishes from our regional cuisine the true Italian way. Recipes that have been passed from generation to generation, our classes are fun and informal and enjoy the fruits of your labour in our dining room with a glass or two of our biodynamic wine.

photo by Marco Reali

photo by Marco Reali

Day 2 Saturday


A generous breakfast will be served of organic home baked traditional pastries, fruit and more.

Casa Lawrence

Casa Lawrence

With our personal guide you will be driven 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.


Tenuta Esdra Spa 3 hours

A dream location, Esdra’s wellness areas are set on two floors. The ground floor houses a thermarium, a hydromassage pool, and an extremely relaxing bath filled with water heated at 37°C rich of minerals. A Turkish bath, an emotional shower and two changing rooms complete the relaxation area.

Enjoy a 50 minute massage performed with gentle but deep hand movements, which induce a state of complete wellness and relaxation.


The second floor has treatment rooms which can hold couples and singles alike. Sauna, Turkish bath, emotional shower, hydromassag. Esdra’s spa programs boast treatments that combine efficiency and results. From deep hydration to anti-aging, to the care and treatment of damaged and sensitive skins, the most qualified professional aesthetics are at the base of the wellness philosophy at Esdra, an oasis where biocosmetics are used exclusively.

Dinner at Palazzo Tronconi Restaurant

Day 3 Sunday


A generous breakfast will be served of organic home baked traditional pastries, fruit and more.


Wine Tour

A personal Wine Tour of our own Demeter certified biodynamic vineyards and Winery. Marco, oenologist and owner will take you through the wine making process. You will start in the vineyard, where you will learn about the importance of soil, be shown how the vines are trained and the harvest of perfectly ripe grapes. We will then take you to our eco winery here we will show you the biodynamic wine-making process, how the fermentation process works before the finished product is bottled. Finally the most enjoyable part at our winery restaurant overlooking the vineyards – a five course organic lunch of local cuisine paired with with the 6 exquisite wines we produce 

Palazzo Tronconi Winery Restaurant
winery italy

Day 4 Monday


A generous breakfast will be served of organic home baked traditional pastries, fruit and more.

Departure 11.00 am

*A collection and drop off to the nearest airport may be arranged at an extra cost


Learn how to Make the Best Pizza in Italy at Palazzo Tronconi

3 Day Pizza Class and Wine Tour and Tasting at Palazzo Tronconi, Arce

We invite you to enjoy a memorable 3 days with us and to experience the true flavours of Italy, to learn how to make the best authentic pizza using the finest ingredients with renowned Pizza Chef Giuseppe Marcuccilli. Enjoy our natural wines, Marco Marroco, oenologist will take you on personal wine tour of our vineyard and our eco winery where you will be able to taste the biodynamic wines we produce.

3 Day package from €584

What this includes:

  • 3 days (2 nights) in our renovated 18th century boutique hotel.

  • Generous breakfasts including home baked traditional pastries and fine coffee.

  • Learn to Make the best Pizza in Italy. Giuseppe Marcuccilli, pizza master will be happy to share the secrets of preparing best italian pizza in the kitchen of Palazzo Tronconi. 

  • A Trip to Casa Lawrence. A beautiful Victorian Villa, once the home of a well known artist”s model and named after its famous visitor, DH Lawrence, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

  • Wine tasting and tour of Palazzo Tronconi Vineyard and Winery, personalised wine tour with oenologist, Marco, the owner of Palazzo Tronconi

  • Eat al'fresco at our local restaurant with breathtaking views.