Experience Italia: Palazzo Donati in Le Marche

Imagine yourself in a characteristic small Italian town surrounded by friendly locals, beautiful churches, old palazzi and delicious food. This was my exact experience staying at Palazzo Donati in the untouched region of Le Marche. Palazzo Donati is perfect to experience Italia’s small town life.

Experience Italia: Palazzo Donati in Le Marche

Where is Palazzo Donati??

Palazzo Donati is located in the town of Mercatello sul Metauro in Le Marche.

Owned by the Donati family since the 17th century, it is a great holiday retreat for all Italophiles. Luisa Donati, one of the owners, very kindly hosted me for 3 days. Her mantra is simple- to provide exceptional quality services to her guests. And how well she does!

Every year Luisa and her family host unusual retreats for guests to welcome them in her ancestor’s beautiful home. For instance, she regularly has a Creative Writing Week, Luxury Knitting Week and even an International Opera Experience! There are many more that can be found here.

Aside from these retreats, one can simply book a stay in the Palazzo any time of the year to experience true Italian hospitality!


Palazzo Donati


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(Pic Credits: Palazzo Donati)

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Why Choose Palazzo Donati??

Palazzo Donati is the best way to experience slow travel in an off the beaten Italian village.

The Palazzo is absolutely stunning, comfortable and well maintained. It is equipped with the comforts of a modern home despite being centuries old. 

Furthermore, here you can experience the best of Italy, far from the crowds. It is possible to enjoy your morning coffee as the bell tower chimes every hour. The local Bar is literally 15 steps away (yes I counted!!). 


Living away from the crowds was a treat in Palazzo Donati. I am fortunate to have spent time with Luisa and her family! To experience Palazzo Donati with Luisa and her family, use my PromoCode “ITALOPHILIAMARCHE” and get 10% off on your booking at Palazzo Donati!!

I would love for you to see and experience a great holiday in Le Marche like I did.


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  • Anita Eleanor
    November 2, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I shuts, bellissima, I’m so happy you reconnected with a dog, and I love the beret! Thank you for this lovely virtual trip through Palazzo Donati. All the best to you. Thank you.

    • Italophilia
      November 8, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Thanks Anita 🙂 I am so happy you love the virtual trip. All the best to you too. xx

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  • Stacy di Anna Pollard
    June 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

    wow, that looks like a fantastic spot! Che fortunata!

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  • Tony Staffaroni
    May 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Wow! I love this place, that garden is amazing, and to be in the same family since the 17th century…that is so cool. Yet another location to add to the bucket list. 🙂

    • Ishita
      May 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Italy just keeps better with each post. So effortless!

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  • shrishtysays
    May 3, 2018 at 2:06 pm

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    • Ishita
      May 3, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks so much dear. I hope you can visit Italy one day 🙂 Good luck on your blogging journey!

  • a mindful traveler
    May 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    A gorgeous place to visit, and the only way how is slow! Xx

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  • thewonderer86
    April 29, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Beautiful looking place.

    • Ishita
      April 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      It indeed is. Have a wonderful day!

  • karenincalabria
    April 29, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Wow! That’s some old-school luxury – I would have felt like a princess.

    • Ishita
      April 29, 2018 at 8:54 am

      I felt the same 🙂 their other properties are equally gorgeous!

  • beshelley
    April 29, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Your travels are expanding my world. Thank you for the great pictures.

    • Ishita
      April 29, 2018 at 1:48 am

      Thank you for saying that 🙂 I needed to hear this!

  • shubhammansingka
    April 28, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Looks so pretty!

    • Ishita
      April 28, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      Yes Shubham, very pretty. The attention to details is mind blowing.


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