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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Ciociaria

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

Breakfast

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.

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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.

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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

Breakfast

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

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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
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Day 4 Monday

Breakfast

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

 

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

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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 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.

authentic+cooking+class+italy
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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