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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Wine Tour and Lunch at our Vineyard, Winery and Restaurant Near Rome From €35

Only an hour away from Rome, escape the city for the stunning unspoiled countryside of Ciociaria

“Nature at it's finest, walking through the vines in the Italian sunshine, smelling the sweetness of the grapes is a beautiful experience, understanding from start to finish how our remarkable wine is produced. “

‘SUNSETS’ Palazzo Tronconi Vineyard

‘SUNSETS’ Palazzo Tronconi Vineyard

Wine Tour

We invite you on a journey to discover the flavour of our wines, our personalised wine tour will take you through the wine making process. You will start in the vineyard, where we will introduce you to our grape varieties, 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.

Organic 4 Course Lunch with Wine Pairing

Finally the most enjoyable part of the process, tasting the vineyard’s exquisite biodynamic wines paired with a four course organic lunch in Palazzo Tronconi's winery restaurant overlooking the vineyards

Prices from €35/person including Tour and Lunch.


Our Restaurant

Food Provenance at Palazzo Tronconi Restaurant

We are committed to sourcing the best quality organic and biodynamic ingredients, from responsible local producers who share our values.

Our Vineyard

At Palazzo Tronconi, we are committed to maintaining the biological integrity of our vineyards, we feel by following the biodynamic principles we maintain a balanced ecosystem, caring for the soil and native wildlife. In doing so we hope that our wines truly represent the soil and the climate in which our grapes our cultivated. 

With this in mind, when we commenced work on our new winery last year, we wanted to create a modern structure whilst remaining true to the ethos of biodynamic agriculture.

Our Winery

We wanted the new winery to have a strong relationship with the natural landscape. A holistic, eco approach in the design and implementation was required throughout the whole building process.

For us, it was important to create a contemporary winery, using innovative design and renewable materials. Adding energy efficient technology, including solar panels on the roof to help lower the carbon footprint of the building.

Durable European oak was sourced, responsibly grown but that also carries many natural benefits, including natural preservatives which protect against rot.

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Winery Address

 

Location: Find us on google maps Localitá Tramonti, 03032 Arce FR, note because of our countryside location it is not advisable to use a navigator











The Ethical Hedonist Luxury Wine Tour, Organic 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 at a special discounted rate for Ethical Hedonist Subscribers £900/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

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

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

Tenuta Esdra Spa

Tenuta Esdra Spa

Tenuta Esdra Spa

Tenuta Esdra Spa

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

Breakfast

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

palazzo Tronconi Vineyard

palazzo Tronconi Vineyard

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 

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palazzo Tronconi winery

organic hand made tortellini

organic hand made tortellini

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

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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.

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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

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Palazzo Tronconi Osteria

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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