Palazzo Margherita          


 Corso Umberto I, 64 75012 Bernalda − Italy

The Palazzo Margherita boutique hotel in Italy has been completely restored by Francis Ford Coppola and acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange, creating a luxurious, authentically Italian experience that ushers guests into a private world of palatial comfort, surrounded by gardens, a courtyard, and a swimming pool, all just steps from a small, bustling town in which the visitor is a friend and neighbor rather than a tourist.
The interior décor of Palazzo Margherita is styled with tiled floors as well as hand-painted fresco ceilings. Grange designed some of the exotic tiles and furniture, including one of the most beautiful suites, which is in a North African style to honor Francis’s Tunisian-born grandmother. All of the floors in the Palazzo have been restored from the original marble.

History 

Palazzo Margherita, built in 1892 in Bernalda by the Margherita family, is a true 19th century palazzo. The town was the birthplace and home to Agostino Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola's grandfather, who always referred to it affectionately as "Bernalda bella." Francis purchased the Palazzo in 2004 with the desire to transform it into a small, luxurious Italian boutique hotel, believing it was time to introduce visitors to this stunning and still undiscovered region. 

The surrounding countryside, which was settled by the Greeks before the Roman era, is part of the Hellenic Magna Graecia—the coastal areas of Southern Italy—where the thriving local agriculture produces sumptuous fruits and vegetables, as well as the Aglianico grapes used to make wines of the same name. Nestled between the ancient cities of Metapontum and Matera, the area is rich with history, including haunting primordial cave dwellings called Sassi di Matera (meaning "stones of Matera"), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera has been declared a European Capital of Culture for 2019.

 

Décor

The Palazzo boutique hotel in Italy has been completely restored by Francis Ford Coppola and acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange, creating a luxurious, authentically Italian experience that ushers guests into a private world of palatial comfort, surrounded by gardens, a courtyard, and a swimming pool, all just steps from a small, bustling town in which the visitor is a friend and neighbor rather than a tourist. 

Francis wanted the Palazzo to become a place that his children would want to visit again and again, and therefore invited the whole family to contribute ideas to the design. It is this very sense of family that distinguishes Palazzo Margherita as one of the most charming small luxury hotels in Italy. The interior décor of Palazzo Margherita is styled with tiled floors as well as hand-painted fresco ceilings. Grange designed some of the exotic tiles and furniture, including one of the most beautiful suites, which is in a North African style to honor Francis’s Tunisian-born grandmother. All of the floors in the Palazzo have been restored from the original marble.

 

Swimming pool

Hidden at the far end of the gardens, our swimming pool is a generously proportioned 10 metres by 5 metres and intended for family enjoyment, with bathrooms, showers, cabines for changing, and full bar and food service. Here, guests can take pleasure in a quintessentially Roman experience: swimming in a private pool within a walled garden in the heart of an Italian town. 

 

Garden

One of the Palazzo's most magical features is its large private garden, fully enclosed and maintained with a focus on historic preservation. Built around a baroque fountain, the garden extends through a web of secret pathways, natural arbors, allées of fruit trees, and fertile beds of herbs, citrus trees, and organic vegetables, all of which supply our kitchen. For guests, the garden of our luxury hotel in Italy is a place to stroll and relax, and to enjoy meals throughout the day and evening.

 

Sports & Outdoors

Trekking and Biking

Surroundings offer spectacular mountain trails and wildlife, allowing us to organize experiences for guests interested in nature. 

 

Massage, Yoga, and Pilates

We offer different massages (ayurvedic, yogic, tantsu, and shiatsu) as well as yoga and Pilates classes. 

 

Golf and Tennis

Two 18-hole golf courses and tennis courts are nearby for your enjoyment.

 

Carpe Diem Packages

"The future is unforeseen…do not leave to chance future happenings, but rather do all you can today to make your future be better." 

-Horace, the great Roman lyric poet, from his masterpiece Carpe Diem. 

 

A Special Day in Matera

Visit the Crypt of the Original Sin near Matera, also known as the Sistine Chapel of rupestrian art, along the ancient Appian Way. Witness its suggestive representation of scenes of the Old and New Testament, in a cycle of frescoes dating back to the 9th century.

Take a guided tour of Matera and the Sassi, discovering its history and traditions.

Eat a light lunch in Matera in a typical trattoria, sampling traditional local food.

Enjoy free time for shopping and aperitivo.

Return to Palazzo Margherita for a romantic candlelit dinner in our Salon (house wine included).

If you are interested in visiting other important museums and rupestrian churches we recommend taking another 2 hours after lunch to explore on your own. You can visit the MUSMA (a European contemporary museum), the Palazzo Lanfranchi (a modern art museum), Casa Cava (a cave that has been restored into a unique auditorium), Casa Ortega (a unique arts & crafts school in the old home of the Spanish exiled painter), and a huge number of rock rupestrian churches. 

 

A Special Day in Craco and Tursi

Take a guided tour of the ghost town of Craco, which dates back to the 11th

Take a guided tour of Tursi and its Rabatana, the most characteristic part of the historic center.

Eat lunch in the old Arab town center of Tursi.

Return to Palazzo for a cooking class, shaping traditional pasta and preparing sauce for your meal.

A Special Day in Valle d’Itria 

 

Enjoy breakfast at Palazzo Margherita.

Visit Grottaglie and its amazing ceramics district.

Tour nearby Martina Franca and the Basilica of San Martino. Visit Bar Tripoli, known for its unique cookie/biscuit bocconotto and ice-cream affogato.

Eat lunch at a local trattoria in the old town centre of Martina Franca.

Enjoy the enchanting scenery and fantastic landscape of Valle d’Itria, the valley of the famous Trulli (cylindrical homes with cone roofs). 

 

Cooking Class

Our guests are involved in preparing traditional pasta with the chef at our Matera resort. While tasting wine, you will learn how to shape our locally handmade pasta. After cooking, enjoy the dish by adding a pasta sauce.

Matera and Cripta del Peccato Originale

(39 km – 45 minute drive) 

Matera is renowned for its Sassi districts, which are outstanding examples of a rupestrian (rock-cut) settlement, adapted perfectly to the geomorphologic setting and ecosystem, exhibiting continuity over more than two millennia. Matera is the most marvelous, intact example of a Paleolithic settlement in the Mediterranean region. The Sassi district is divided into two parts, the Sasso Caveoso and the Sasso Barisano. It contains countless rupestrian churches and is considered the gem of Basilicata. 

The town also boasts other charming and beautiful buildings such as the Dome, built in the 13th century in Romanesque style, but with a visible baroque touch inside the nave, making it an impressive sight on the Civita hill. The Civita became the center of the town during Roman times and today it stands in the middle of the ancient Sassi. Close by you will find the beautiful Romanesque and Baroque churches of San Francesco d’Assisi, Purgatorio, and Santa Chiara. Discover things to do in Matera, and explore its history and traditions by visiting Palazzo Lanfranchi (the best example of the Baroque style in Matera), the Museum of Modern Art of Basilicata, and the MUSMA (one of the most interesting European contemporary museums located in a hundred-room palazzo) and Casa Cava.

The Crypt of the Original Sin is also known as the Sistine Chapel of the rupestrian art. With three shallow arched chapels carved from soft rock, the Crypt served as a church for a monastic community where the masterly hand of the "Painter of the Flowers of Matera" narrates scenes from the Old and New Testament in a cycle of frescoes dating back to the 9th century.

In May 1963, a group of young enthusiasts rediscovered the Crypt. Private visits have now become one of the most captivating tours while visiting the City of the Sassi.

 

Beach

Within 15 minutes of the Palazzo, many miles of sandy beaches extend along the cobalt-blue shores of the Ionian Sea. We have a special private area of a beach club close to the old pine forest. We can transport you to this secluded beach for the day (departure at 10:30 am in the morning and return at 4:00 pm to Palazzo Margherita) and you can choose to book either an umbrella or a gazebo.

In addition, we suggest either a picnic lunch (prepared by our chefs) or a lunch with fresh fish of the day, caught by local fishermen. Upon your arrival, you will find a welcome drink and fresh fruit to begin a relaxing day at the beach.

 

Tufa Artisan

There are small studios near our Italian family resort in which a series of objects are made from the tufa stone. Not only are pieces restored here, but lighting objects, decorative pieces, and furniture can also be made. The material used is the same found throughout the historic city of Matera, which has recently become part of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) world patrimony for the fascinating constructions carved out of tufa stone.

 

5-Day Package 

Day 1)

Enjoy a welcome drink upon arrival at Palazzo Margherita.

Tour the historical center of Bernalda, discovering ancient churches.

Take part in a cooking class, offering guests the experience of preparing traditional pasta under the guidance of our chefs. Learn the techniques of shaping handmade pasta, assist in making a pasta sauce, and enjoy the taste of your own work. Class lasts approximately one hour.

Enjoy dinner at Palazzo Margherita.

 

Day 2)

Enjoy breakfast at Palazzo Margherita.

Tour the Vulture area, passing by Parco Gallipoli Cognato, a precious treasure of biodiversity in Italy due to the richness of flora and fauna and spectacular birdwatching.

Visit the ancient cellars carved into volcanic stone caves which were excavated by Franciscan monks in the 14th While there, enjoy wine tasting and a light lunch.

Back at Palazzo Margherita, take a pizza lesson next to our wood oven, or simply relax and take advantage of our many amenities.

Enjoy dinner in the Family Kitchen. 

 

Day 3) 

Enjoy breakfast at Palazzo Margherita.

Visit the Crypt of the Original Sin near Matera, also known as the Sistine Chapel of rupestrian art, along the ancient Appian Way. Witness its suggestive representation of scenes of the Old and New Testament, in a cycle of frescoes dating back to the 9th century.

Take a guided tour of Matera and the Sassi, discovering its history and traditions by visiting important museums including the MUSMA (a European contemporary museum), the Palazzo Lanfranchi (a modern art museum), Casa Cava (a cave that has been restored into a unique auditorium), Casa Ortega (a unique arts and crafts school in the old home of the Spanish exiled painter), and a huge number of rock rupestrian churches.

Have lunch in Matera in a typical trattoria, sampling traditional local food.

Back at Palazzo Margherita, spend time with our tailor who will share with you his collection of creations including shirts, ties, and scarves.

Enjoy dinner at Palazzo Margherita.  

 

Day 4)

Enjoy breakfast at Palazzo Margherita.

Visit a fortified Masseria in the Val d'Agri (the heart of Basilicata). This Masseria is situated on the Agri River Valley where you can see Podolic cows, meaning that they only eat wild food without any extra chemical feeding. Here, you will experience and help to produce a typical mozzarella cheese called treccione or a Podolic ricotta cheese.

Eat lunch at the Masseria.

Enjoy dinner at Palazzo Margherita or a special candlelit dinner outside the Masseria (summer months only).

 

Day 5)

Enjoy breakfast at Palazzo Margherita.

Tour Martina Franca with its Baroque centre and visit Bar Tripoli, known for its famous cookie/biscuit bocconotto and ice-cream affogato.

Enjoy the enchanting scenery and fantastic landscape of Valle d’Itria, the valley of the well known Trulli (cylindrical homes with cone roofs).

Visit Locorotondo, one of Puglia's prettiest towns with a proudly conserved, easily walkable center and a calm, laid-back atmosphere.

Eat lunch at a famous trattoria in the old town centre of Locorotondo.

On the way back to Bernalda, visit the ancient arts & crafts shops and ceramics showrooms in Grottaglie.

Enjoy dinner at Palazzo Margherita. 

 

6-Day Package

Day 1)

Enjoy a light welcome lunch upon arrival at Palazzo Margherita.

Tour the historical center of Bernalda, discovering ancient churches.

Enjoy dinner at Palazzo Margherita.

 

Day 2)

Enjoy breakfast at Palazzo Margherita.

Tour the Vulture area, passing by the Parco Regionale Gallipoli Cognato, a precious treasure of biodiversity in Italy due to its richness of flora and fauna and its spectacular birdwatching.

Tour of the ancient wine cellars carved into volcanic stone caves which were excavated by the Franciscan monks of the 14th While there, enjoy wine tasting and a light lunch.

Tour the Melfi Castle, Monticchio Lake with the Abbey, and Lagopesole.

Back at Palazzo Margherita, enjoy dinner in the Family Kitchen. 

 

Day 3) 

Enjoy breakfast at Palazzo Margherita.

Take a trip through the Matera plateau to discover the rock civilization secrets and its wildlife heritage. Take a guided walk in the Park of the Rupestrian Churches where there are prehistoric caves, rupestrian monastic settlements, and prehistoric settlements. The flora of the Murgia National Park includes 1,200 botanical species, or about one sixth of the national flora of Italy and one third of that region, which is a remarkable number for an area of that size.

Eat a picnic lunch in the Park of the Rupestrian Churches with traditional local food prepared by our chefs.

Return to Palazzo Margherita to enjoy dinner.

 

Day 4)

Enjoy breakfast at Palazzo Margherita.

Depart for the beach and be welcomed with a drink and fresh fruit upon arrival.

Eat lunch on the beach (we can prepare a picnic lunch or you can decide to dine there, experiencing a lunch with fresh fish of the day).

Return to Palazzo Margherita, stopping along the way to see the ancient Greek ruins, Tavole Palatine, in Metapontum.

Take part in a cooking class that offers guests the experience of preparing traditional pasta under the guidance of our chefs. Learn the techniques of shaping handmade pasta and making a pasta sauce, followed by the enjoyment of tasting your own work. Class lasts approximately one hour.

Enjoy dinner at Palazzo Margherita.

 

Day 5)

Enjoy breakfast at Palazzo Margherita.

Go Nordic walking in Pollino National Park among peaceful natural surroundings. The park is extremely rich with monuments and archaeological remains - ruins of ancient buildings, castles, fortresses, convents, monasteries, sanctuaries, churches, and chapels.

Eat a picnic lunch with traditional local food prepared by our chef.

Take an exciting rafting excursion into the gorge of the Lao River in Pollino National Park. The route is easy and fun for everyone, lasting approximately 1 hour.

Return to Palazzo Margherita to enjoy dinner.

 

Day 6) 

Enjoy breakfast at Palazzo Margherita.

Visit Lecce, a rich Baroque architectural city known as the 'Florence of the South.'

Eat lunch in a traditional restaurant in Lecce.

Visit Otranto, located on the east coast of the Salento peninsula, featuring beautiful sandy beaches and the Aragonese Castle.

Return to Palazzo Margherita to enjoy dinner.

Garden Suite One

This suite embodies the elegance of Italian country house style—an airy, traditional room that opens directly onto the courtyard garden and fountain. Situated on the ground floor, it also features a spacious, ensuite sitting room with a floor to ceiling window that heightens the effect of being secluded in one's own private garden. The large bathroom includes a clawfoot bathtub and separate glass shower among its many details. Queen-size bed. 550 square feet (51 square meters).

Garden Room Two

An elegant and traditional room that opens directly onto the lush private garden and fountain. It features vaulted ceilings, a large closet, and a writing desk. A beautifully appointed bathroom is highlighted by a clawfoot bathtub beneath a window that overlooks the garden. Queen-size bed. 320 square feet (30 square meters).
For our newlywed guests, we offer a romantic Palazzo Margherita honeymoon suite.

Garden Room Three

Like our other garden room inside our Italy luxury hotel, this one embodies the simple elegance of Italian country house living. Grand barn-like doors that open onto the inner courtyard create a setting that is both sophisticated and rustic. A luxurious bathroom includes a clawfoot bathtub and separate glass shower. Queen-size bed. 370 square feet (34 square meters).

Suite Four (Sofia)

Jacques Grange designed this suite in collaboration with Sofia Coppola; its mood is delicate and feminine, with hand-painted frescos evoking a misty summer garden at dawn. A Juliet balcony off the bedroom overlooks the courtyard and the palatial bathroom has a steam shower and a clawfoot bathtub. French doors from the bathroom and bedroom lead to a fully-furnished private terrace that offers a magical view of the garden and fountain. King-size bed. 670 square feet (62 square meters).

Suite Five

Classic Italian décor lends this suite a warm ambiance with a modern touch. A secret back staircase leads to an upstairs loft, whose single bed and sitting room make it an enchanting hideaway for a child, or a perfect private reading room for adults. (It is said that this was the room of the Palazzo's young maid, Palmetta, who had given her heart to the dashing Agostino Coppola.) The room also features a majestic ceiling with a hand-painted restored fresco, and spacious bathroom with a clawfoot bathtub and separate shower. A Juliet balcony faces the main street and town square, a perfect spot to enjoy coffee or tea. King-size bed. 620 square feet (57 square meters).

Suite Six

This majestically proportioned suite pays tribute to Italian décor of the early 20th century, combining simple elegance with bold ornament. A Juliet balcony opens onto the main street and leafy town square. The magnificent ceiling, with a restored, hand-painted fresco, and the spacious bathroom with clawfoot bathtub and separate shower add to the room's comfortable formality. King-size bed. 590 square feet (55 square meters).

Suite Seven (Roman)

This modernist-inspired suite was designed by Jacques Grange in collaboration with Roman Coppola. Its Art Deco furniture and lighting, elegant slate bathroom, and restored fresco of the same period lend an international flair. It includes a fully-furnished shared terrace for dining or relaxing outdoors as well as a Juliette balcony that opens to the beautiful courtyard below. A lavish bathroom includes a separate shower and clawfoot bathtub. King-size bed. 470 square feet (43 square meters).

Suite Eight (Gia)

This romantic suite was designed as a gift to Gia Coppola, Francis's first granddaughter. It features a subtle Rococo design with a delicate fresco on the ceiling representing Cupid and Psyche, symbolizing good fortune and happy harmony to lovers. A large walk-in closet and separate dressing room add to the dramatic scale. A balcony offers a view of Bernalda's main street and town square, a perfect spot from which to enjoy the spectacle of unhurried, small-town life. A spacious bathroom includes a clawfoot bathtub and separate shower. King-size bed. 780 square feet (70 square meters).
For those of our guests who are newlyweds, our luxury hotel in Italy offers the Gia Suite in our Honeymoon Experience.

Suite Nine (Francis)

Integrating subtle elements of North African design - a historical influence in Southern Italy - this picturesque suite has a fully-furnished shared terrace overlooking the garden and courtyard. The style is intended to honor Francis's Tunisian-born grandmother, Maria Zasa, distinguishing it from other luxury hotels in Italy. A striking tiled fireplace and an anteroom with a large writing desk add to the regal splendor of this suite. A luxurious bathroom includes a clawfoot bathtub and separate shower. Walls and high ceilings feature beautifully restored paintings and frescos. 795 square feet (73 square meters).

 
 

Palazzo Margherita's dedicated staff is always available to assist guests with any needs during their stay.
Our luxury resort in Italy features on-property services and room amenities including:
- In-room bar
- State-of-the-art Loewe High Definition 3D television
- Blu-ray/DVD player/Apple TV
- Vast digital movie collection specializing in Italian Cinema
- Daily free shuttle to our private beach, just 15 minutes away, including a welcome drink and fruit amenity
- Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi
- Bath products by Santa Maria Novella
- Loewe iPod docking music station
- Private yoga or Pilates teachers upon request*
- In-room massage upon request*
- Bicycles

*Additional charges apply

Within 15 minutes of the Palazzo, many miles of sandy beaches extend along the cobalt-blue shores of the Ionian Sea, where we have a special private area of a beach club close to the old pine forest. We can transport you to this secluded beach for the day (departure at 10:30 am in the morning and return at 4:00 pm to the Palazzo) where you can choose to book either an umbrella or a gazebo.
In addition, we suggest either a picnic lunch (prepared by our chefs) or a characteristic lunch with fresh fish of the day, caught by local fishermen. Upon your arrival, you will find a welcome drink and fresh fruit to begin a relaxing day at the beach.

Palazzo Margherita is situated in Bernalda, a small hilltop town in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. Located in the province of Matera, famous for its ancient cave dwellings, dramatic landscapes, and historic houses, Bernalda is relatively unknown outside of Italy. It is just ten minutes from the coast, where miles of white sand beaches border the Mediterranean. While the neighboring region of Puglia has become popular with tourists, Basilicata is largely undiscovered—one of a few remaining parts of Italy where the culture, food, and wine remain authentic and untouched by the world beyond. The townspeople offer a genuine hospitality that makes every visitor feel more like a friend or neighbor than a tourist. It is said that anyone who visits Bernalda cannot resist returning.

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Palazzo Margherita is situated in Bernalda, a small hilltop town in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy.

- Intercontinental guests may fly into Rome or Naples
- Bari Airport is located one hour and twenty minutes from the property
- Brindisi Airport is located one hour and twenty minutes from the property.
- Private charters can fly into Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, forty-five minutes from the property.
- Private transports are available upon request.

+39 0835 549060   Fax: +39 0835 548947      info@palazzomargherita.com

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