The De Donato building, with its arcaded facade, unique in the whole area of the municipality, is iconic of this town’s architecture. This was probably an aristocratic building later turned into a functional one to house animals.
The two-storey building and attic stands between Via Pellegrino and Via Cavour, which is where the main facade is located. On the ground floor, two arched doors lead to the then utility rooms, while the entrance to the house is on the first floor in Via Pellegrino and leads to two large rooms and two utility rooms. On the first floor, the main facade features four arcades on octagonal pillars, perhaps initially painted. Likewise, given the ‘decentralised’ position of the arcades, the original building might have continued on the left-hand side. Moreover, according to oral sources there was a single building extending up to the street currently known as Via Coriolano, while remains of brickwork on the right wall lead to assuming there might have been a taller building standing on its right.
Right under the arcades, there are characteristic corbels and the cornice is the typical local one commonly known as romanella. However, with no photographic or paper evidence an accurate philological reconstruction of the building remains difficult.