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

Art, Painting and Drawing Holiday in Italy

Sketching in Italy with Christian Mizon at Palazzo Tronconi, Arce, Lazio

 

We are really excited to have London based artist join us at Palazzo Tronconi, Christian is a Fine Art Restorer and Tutor and has taught at The Victoria and Albert Museum London and The Tower of London.

 Christian will teach you how to sketch with ease the human figure and the beautiful medieval buildings and landscapes of Lazio.  Our unique drawing holiday allows you to be inspired by the most beautiful of landscapes. Working in small groups, you will be guided through all aspects of sketching, including pencils and pastels. 

We will take you to hand picked places of interest and beauty where you will be able create your own visual diary whilst experiencing biodynamic wine, food and culture from this beautiful region.

€1200/person, including a personalised Palazzo Tronconi Sketch Book and all materials

Availability

The Artists Package €1200/person maximum 7 persons

Staying for 5 days (4 nights) in our 18th Century Boutique Hotel

see below for availability

 

26th June - 30th June - SORRY SOLD OUT

3rd July - 7th July - Spaces available ENQUIRE

17th July - 21st July - Spaces available ENQUIRE

24th - 28th July - Limited spaces be quick! ENQUIRE

31st July - 4th August - Limited Spaces be quick! ENQUIRE

7th - 11th August - Limited Spaces be quick! ENQUIRE

Generous breakfasts including home baked traditional pastries and Italian coffee.

DAY 1

  • You will be collected from Rome Fiumicino Airport and driven to Palazzo Tronconi, Arce, where you will unpack and relax followed by..

  • A Tour of our own Vineyard, Winery and Tasting Rooms with a light lunch of locally produced organic food.

  • With a sketchbook in hand, discover the beautiful medieval town of Arce. (for later arrival schedule may change)

Evening

  • Time to relax, and freshen up before an evening meal at our favourite traditional Italian Restaurant with stunning views

DAY 2

  • Casa Lawrence, sketch this beautiful Victorian Villa, once the home of a well known artists model who was painted by Sir Frederic Leighton. The villa is named after its famous visitor, DH Lawrence, who completed his novel ‘The Lost Girl’ here. As Lawrence found his inspiration here, with the breathtaking views, you will too!

  • Organic Lunch at Casa Lawrence*

Evening

  • Relax and down time.

  • Enjoy a Pizza Lesson with Pizza master Giuseppe Marcuccilli, he will be happy to share the secrets of preparing the best Italian pizza in the kitchen of Palazzo Tronconi

DAY 3

  • Pack your beach bag! We will take you to the Ancient fishing village of Sperlonga, with stunning views over the azure blue Tyrrhenian sea. Voted as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, the old town is full of charm of whitewashed houses.  We will sketch the ruins of the grotto of Tiberius. At the Archeological museum of Sperlonga, capture the roman rule and sketch marble sculptures.

Evening

  • Staying in Sperlonga, enjoy an evening meal at our favourite restaurant overlooking the sea.*

DAY 4

  • A trip to Casamari Abbey, using mixed media, step back in time and sketch your surroundings to the mesmerizing sounds of gregorian chants in this gothic abbey. In it's simplicity the Abbey is a beautiful sight. Delicate columns, vaulted ceilings and a pretty cloistered courtyard.

  • Lunch at a local restaurant*

  • Life drawing with a glass of wine and nibbles at Palazzo Tronconi

Evening

  • Relax and down time.

  • Celebrate your stay with us and a enjoy a freshly prepared last night meal in the dining room of Palazzo Tronconi, a great social atmosphere of sharing tales of your week and looking at the work you produced.

 

  • DAY 5

  • Life Drawing  at Palazzo Tronconi (depending on departure time)

  • Followed by lunch at Palazzo Tronconi

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

* not included in package price

Depending on arrival and departure times Day 1 and 5 are flexible and can be adapted to accommodate lunch at no extra cost.

Schedule times are approximate and may be subject to change.