The Authentic Italian Experience with Luisa

Many visitors to Italy have enjoyed the wonders of Tuscany, but relatively few have discovered and experienced the unique charms of neighboring Le Marche.

Marche is the region in east-central Italy nestled between Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, and Umbria. Our destination is the village of Mercatello sul Metauro, located at the foot of the Tuscan-Umbrian- Apennine mountains, only a couple of hours east of Florence. And there’s only one way to know better and truly this beautiful region: stay and live for a week with the locals.

Luisa Donati invites you to share a week with her at Palazzo Donati, her family’s home, which dates to the 1700s. Situated on the main square of Mercatello sul Metauro, Palazzo Donati is a private home upgraded with modern amenities.

You’ll discover and experience a way of life which preserves the grace and culture of the Renaissance, in a small town largely undiscovered by tourists.


Here are some of Luisa’s favorite things that she will share with you:

– Tasting of Le Marche wines

– Renaissance ceramics in Urbania

– a view of the landscapes depicted in Piero della Francesca’s painting “I Trionfi”
– Cooking class using local wild herbs and flowers

– Hands-on class in the traditional art of fabric painting

– Tour of the stunning underground caves at Grotte di Frasassi

– Visit to the beautiful Urbino Unesco site

– Visit to the paper-making museum in Fabriano/workshop on craft of making paper

– Plenty of free time to shop, meander, and day-dream


Late Summer Tour: September 15 – 22


Cost: €1600 per person in double occupancy


Our tour includes


• 7 nights in Mercatello at the the Historic Residence, Palazzo Donati

• All transfers in minibus for 8 + bi-lingual driver

• Accommodation in double or twin bedrooms with bathroom

• All meals included

• Cooking Lesson

• All local tours, all museum entrance fees and guided tours

• Workshop for fabric printing class and paper making

• Private Wine Tasting

• Final Gala evening


These weeks can be booked individually but 6 to 8 people will be needed to confirm price and operate the tour

Other dates can be arranged by request for groups of 6-8 people.


Airfares, and connecting transportation to or from the town of Mercatello sul Metauro are not included, but we can help you with making suitable arrangements.

For further information, please contact Luisa at – Mobile +393394016247


Contact Us



Via Bencivenni, 29 – 61040 Mercatello Sul Metauro (PU)

Phone +39 3394016247


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