Touring Le Marche, Italy like a native with local knowledge guides


Mercatello sul Meautro, October 1, 2013 – If you are ready to make arrangements to tour Le Marche and the Tuscan-Umbrian Apennine Mountain region, make your arrangements with a “local” to insure a perfect, worry free vacation that will have you truly living as an Italian.

Luisa Donati has provided us with the following “tour example” however your tour will be custom designed by Luisa to meet your singular interests whether they be the food and wines of the region, arts and cultures, or history.

All of which are available in abundance in Le Marche.

Tours can also be arranged to work around corporate meeting events , family reunions and storybook weddings.

The following is a typical tour with an accent on regional food, wine and culture:



Welcome to Italy! Our private driver will welcome you at Rome or Bologna airport where we will transfer by private van to Mercatello. On arrival at Palazzo Donati will be settle in to the beautiful surroundings and meet for a welcome drink.

Take a stroll around the village. Dinner will be in a typical local restaurant. 

Overnight at Palazzo Donati

2° Day, Sunday : Mercatello sul Metauro - Urbino

After breakfast we will meet with our guide for an official visit of the historical center of Mercatello…. “little but full of art, tradition and surprises”. Free time and lunch at your pleasure.  

We will depart for the beautiful town of Urbino, about 40 minutes away, and  our local guide will escort us around town and inside the magnificent Palazzo Ducale.

Back to Mercatello. Pizza in a typical local restaurant.  Overnight at Palazzo Donati

3° Day, Monday: shopping in Italian and Cooking Lesson at Palazzo with local lady.

Breakfast at Palazzo Donati

Today we will  stay in Mercatello and first thing in the morning we will go and visit Maria’s farm, learning how to make local traditional cow milk cheese. After saying goodbye to Maria and all her animals farm, we will go shopping for our dinner with Luisa and Nicoletta .

The shopping will have to be done in Italian!!!! And Nicoletta and Luisa will teach you “Italian Express,”  a shopping language that will allow you interact in Italian with locals. Free time for lunch and at 4pm we will meet in the Kitchen at Palazzo Donati with a local lady ready to teach us how to prepare a local traditional dinner.

Dinner at Palazzo Donati after the coking lesson. Overnight at Palazzo Donati

4° Day, Tuesday: Carpegna traditional fabric printing – visit La Rocca di san Leo

Today we will visit a shop where the same family has run the artisanal printing of fabrics for generations. The family produces  stencils using the same techniques that have used for generation.  For hands on learning, Emmanuelle will teach us how.

After the workshop we will visit the small shop and visit a local butchery that will tell us  about the famous Carpegna Ham. Some free time for lunch to stroll in town, shop and visit the Prince Palace.

Lunch at leisure in local bars or restaurants. After lunch we will continue our day trip to visit La Rocca di San Leo before returning back to Mercatello.

Dinner in local restaurant.  Overnight at Palazzo Donati.

5° Day, Wednesday: Fabriano – learn the art of paper making

Breakfast at Palazzo Donati

Today we will travel a little bit further into the Region Le Marche  with the first stop at the Grotte of Frasassi and then journey on to discover the small town of Fabriano.

Visit the museum with included a workshop on how to make fine artisanal paper.

Lunch at your leisure

Back to Mercatello. Dinner in local restaurant Overnight at Palazzo Donati.

6° Day: Thursday: Urbania  - cooking with flowers

Breakfast at Palazzo Donati.

We will stop in the pretty town Urbania to see the famous Renaissance ceramics, the  Church of the Dead, the small museum of traditions in the courtyard of the local Palazzo Ducale and the local weekly market. After lunch we will pay a visit to Anna at Mulino Della Ricavata where we will learn how to cook in the local traditional way using local wild flowers followed by dinner.

Back to Mercatello. Overnight in Palazzo Donati.

7° Day, Friday: Sant’Angelo in Vado and local artisans

Breakfast at Palazzo Donati before we visit the recent archeological discovery of The Domus (Roman Villa) in Sant’Angelo in Vado, home to the prestigious white truffle.

Followed by a stop to the local Enoteca to learn about the wine of the Region and the best labels including a private tasting and light lunch. After Lunch we will have the honor to meet the local artisans in Mercatello:

Gambafine the Carpenter

The Baker at Doctor Stone Mill

The Butcher  at ICAM

Last Supper at Palazzo

Overnight in Palazzo Donati.

8° Day, Saturday, April 20: DEPARTURE

Breakfast at Palazzo  Donati

Our driver will take you back to Rome or Bologna International airport.

Wine and Food Program inclusions:

7 nights in the Historic Residence, Palazzo Donati (Season minimal occupation requirements)

All meals and beverages, including local wines 

Cooking Lesson 

Bilingual Guide

Private Wine Tastings 

Travel to and from Italy is Not Included 

To make arrangements contact:

Luisa Donati
33 S05A 944B
Via Bencivenni, 29
Mercatello sul Metauro (PU)
Tel. +39 0577 342189

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