There are many reasons to come to Southern Italy — Palazzo Margherita is one of them
Pride of place and attention to detail resonate throughout this family-owned palazzo
Relax, have a cocktail, or watch a film in the Salon, in true Southern Italian hospitality
Immerse yourself in romance — in the graceful, historic beauty of the Sofia Suite
The palazzo's interiors take an Eastern approach in the Moroccan-inspired Coppola Suite
It is rare to find beautiful guest bathrooms that so perfectly complement the bedrooms
Style: Boutique, Honeymoons
A well-preserved, 19th century Southern Italian palazzo offering a truly regional experience and the intimate luxury of a privately-owned home.
Palazzo Margherita is a late 19th century Italian palazzo located in Italy’s Southern region of Basilicata. Once belonging to the Margherita family, it is now a luxurious, small boutique hotel. Palazzo Margherita is a dream realized and a sense of coming home for its owner, Frances Ford Coppola. His grandfather was born in Bernalda, a remote hill town with a scenic position at the “arch of the boot.”
The Palazzo has been thoroughly restored, bringing new life to its extensive architectural features: marble floors, stone walls and arches, and vaulted ceilings of brick or painted frescoes. The restoration work was directed by French designer Jacques Grange, who also designed some of the furnishings and tiles.
There are only 9 guest suites at Palazzo Margherita, making this an exclusive and intimate destination, and ideal for romantic getaways. The design concept of each suite was conceived by members of the Coppola family, and each is distinctly individual. All suites are spacious with views of the palazzo gardens or the historic town center of Bernalda. Many rooms have vaulted fresco-painted ceilings, evincing a sense of awe. The furnishings and finishes reflect the warm Southern Italian welcome of a special guest in a private home.
There are several bars at Palazzo Margherita. The lively Cinecitta Bar adjoins the street and welcomes both guests and the local crowd. The more personal Family Bar, tucked inside the palazzo, offers guests a place to relax before or after dinner. There is also a poolside bar. Dinner is considered casual, as there is no formal dining room. Meals can be served in the Salon, Cinecitta Bar, “eat-in kitchen,” or in the garden. Private in-suite dining is also available, for a more intimate setting. The palazzo’s chefs share their culinary secrets in classes offered during the day.
There is an extensive list of Italian films that can be viewed privately in the suites or as a family in the Salon. This wonderful amenity gives the palazzo another Coppola personal touch, and we love everything about that.
Italy’s Basilicata region has a rich culture for guests and visitors to experience. One of the most spectacular natural sites in the area are the cave dwellings of Matera. These are ancient cavernous homes that are carved from the stone (“sassi”) hillsides of Matera. The cave dwellings are still lived in today and are a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Image source: Coppola Hotels & Resorts
Corso Umberto 64
75012 Bernalda (MT)