Palazzo Margherita is a distinctive, five-star hotel located in Southern Italy’s Basilicata region in the charming hilltop village of Bernalda near the Ionian Sea. An undiscovered gem in the province of Matera, Bernalda is located only 20 minutes away from the white sand beaches of Basilicata and the famed sassi cave dwelling of Matera. Untouched by mass tourism as well as being the native birthplace of his grandparents, Bernalda captured the imagination of director Francis Ford Coppola driving him to restore the exquisite 19th century Palazzo as a means to introduce travelers to the largely undiscovered region.
Dating back to 1892, Palazzo Margherita was built by the Margherita family. The surrounding countryside was part of the ancient Magna Grecia. Originally settled by Greeks, the landscapes are picturesque and the land bountiful with delicious fruits, vegetables and Aglianico wine grapes. Restored by French designer Jacques Grange, Palazzo Margherita remains authentic to its roots with a private, old world palatial environment, surrounding by a lush garden and charming courtyard. Each room was designed with comfort while incorporating such modern amenities as HD television, Wi-Fi and complimentary mini-bar.
The interiors of the Palazzo boast Moroccan and Baroque design including hand-painted fresco ceilings, exotic tiles and antique furniture. The lavish salon is inspired by renowned Italian director Luchino Visconti and the perfect venue for afternoon tea, playing cards or watching movies in the evening, each personally curated by Coppola himself. The pool hidden within the property’s sprawling garden features bathrooms, showers and private changing rooms, while authentic Lucanian dining is always a step away with the hotel’s own eat-in kitchen, Cinecittà Bar, Salon or poolside.