Palazzo Margherita

Bernalda, Italy
Neighborhood: Bernalda, Basilicata

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for up to two in room guests
  • A complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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PROPERTY SIZE: 9 rooms
ROOM STYLE: Classic
VIBE: Sophisticated
Beach Local Immersion Seclusion

Palazzo Margherita

Neighborhood: Bernalda, Basilicata
Address:
Corso Umberto I, 64
Bernalda, 75012
Italy
Nearest Airport:
Palese (BRI)
50 mi / 80 km

Hotel Features

At the Hotel

Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Culinary Program
  • Internet Access
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Restaurant


Recreation
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Pool

About Us

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 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.
Location
Palazzo Margherita is situated in Bernalda, a small hilltop town near the Ionian Sea in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. Located in the province of Matera, which is famous for its ancient cave dwellings, historic houses and unspoiled villages, Bernalda is relatively unknown to tourists. It is just twenty minutes from numerous pristine, white-sand beaches; one can choose between quiet seclusion or beach-club action and shoreside tavernas. While the nearby region of Puglia has become popular for sightseeing, Bernalda is one of a few beautiful towns where the food and wine have remained authentic and untouched by mass tourism. The townspeople welcome visitors with a genuine hospitality that makes every guest feel like a local.
Decor
The Palazzo has been completely restored by Francis 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, courtyard and 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. The interior is styled with tiled floors as well as Moroccan and Baroque-inspired hand-painted fresco ceilings. Grange designed some of the exotic tiles and furniture, including one of the most beautiful suites, which is in a Tunisian style to honor Francis Coppola';s Tunisian-born grandmother. All of the floors in the Palazzo have been restored from the original marble.
Salon
The opulent salon, inspired by the films of the great Italian director Luchino Visconti, is during the day a place for reading, playing cards, enjoying afternoon tea and drinks; at night, it becomes a cinema, equipped with professional-quality sound and projection, and a vast database of movies, including Francis';s personally-curated collection of Italian classics.
Pool & Garden
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.
Private 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 arbours, allées of fruit trees and fertile beds of herbs, citrus trees and organic vegetables, all of which supply our kitchen. For guests, the garden is a place to stroll and relax, and seasonally enjoy meals throughout the day and evening.
Dining
Eat-in Kitchen In the Palazzo';s large, welcoming kitchen, only our guests can experience firsthand the traditional cooking of Basilicata (also known as Lucania). For keen cooks, our local chef provide hands-on classes demonstrating how to prepare typical regional dishes.
Cinecitta Bar At the front of the Palazzo, the Cinecittà Bar is a traditional café and pizzeria that spills out onto Bernalda';s main street and looks onto the town square. It is a perfect spot for people-watching, mingling with the local life and sipping our delicious Italian coffee, which is all supplied by Illy. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Family Bar The Family Bar is an intimate private bar and dining room where only our hotel guests can enjoy coffee or meals throughout the day, and pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers in the evenings.
Pool Bar The Pool Bar is located in our garden and offers a selection of wine, cocktails and other beverages to enjoy while relaxing in the sun. Food from our main kitchen can also be ordered from here and delivered poolside.

Best of the Best

Palazzo Margherita is the realization of renowned director Francis Ford Coppola's dream to convert a 19th-century palazzo in his grandfather’s charming hometown into a luxurious, boutique hotel; the restoration took five years. Guests can choose from nine uniquely elegant rooms and suites with original details such as stone walls, frescoed ceilings, clawfoot tubs and handpainted tile floors. Amenities include a screening room with 100 Italian films personally selected by Coppola, an eat-in kitchen where guests are taught to make pasta by hand and a delightful café overlooking Bernalda's town square.

Advisor Tip

Stay in Room VII with furnished outdoor terrace and Juliet balcony overlooking the courtyard. –Mark Johnstone Corpus Christi, Texas

Location

Address
Corso Umberto I, 64
Bernalda, 75012
Italy
Neighborhood
Bernalda, Basilicata
Nearest Airport
Palese (BRI), 50 Miles / 80 Kilometers

Guest Rooms & Suites

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 sequestered in one's own private garden. The large bathroom includes a clawfoot bathtub and separate glass shower among its many details. Queen-sized bed. 550 square feet (50 square meters).


This room can accommodate a third person on a rollaway bed.


  • Refrigerator
  • Sitting Area

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-sized bed. 320 square feet (30 square meters).

  • Refrigerator

Garden Room Three

Like our other garden room, 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-sized bed. 370 square feet (35 square meters).

  • Refrigerator
  • Shower Only

Suite Four (Sofia)

Jacques Grange designed this suite with inspiration from Sofia Coppola; its mood is delicate and feminine, with hand-painted frescos evoking a misty summer garden at dawn. A Juliette balcony off the bedroom overlooks the courtyard and the palatial bathroom has a steam shower with 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-sized bed. 670 square feet (60 square meters).

  • Refrigerator
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace

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 it 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 Juliette balcony faces the main street and town square, a perfect spot to enjoy coffee or tea. King-sized bed. 670 square feet (60 square meters).


This room can accommodate a fourth person on a rollaway bed.

  • Refrigerator
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Sitting Area

Suite Six

This majestically proportioned suite pays tribute to Italian décor of the early 20th century, combining simple elegance with bold ornament. A Juliette 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-sized bed. 590 square feet (55 square meters).


This room can accommodate a third person on a rollaway bed.

  • Refrigerator
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Shower Only

Suite Seven (Roman)

This Modernist-inspired suite was designed by Jacques Grange with ideas from Roman Coppola. Its Art Deco furniture and lighting, elegant slate bathroom, and restored Arts and Crafts fresco 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 garden and courtyard below. A lavish bathroom includes a separate shower and clawfoot bathtub. King-sized bed. 465 square feet (45 square meters).

  • Refrigerator
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace

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 Amore and Psyche, the mythical lovers who would inspire the stories of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. 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-sized bed. 780 square feet (70 square meters).


This room can accommodate a third person on a rollaway bed.

  • Refrigerator
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace

Suite Nine

Integrating subtle elements of Tunisian 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. 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 painting and frescos. 800 square feet (75 square meters).

  • Refrigerator
  • Balcony/Lanai/Terrace
  • Fireplace
Total 9 Records

Facts & Policies

Facts
Experiences
Beach, Local Immersion, Seclusion
Vibe Sophisticated
Room Style Classic
Number of Rooms 9
Check-In Time 3:00 PM
Check-Out Time 11:00 AM
Early Arrivals & Late Departures

Please inquire.

Guaranteed Reservations & Deposits

We require a 30% deposit for guarantee at time of booking with a valid credit card.

Cancellation Policy

We require 30 days notice prior to the arrival date or a forfeit of the deposit will take place. If cancellation takes place 14 days or less prior to the arrival 100% of the stay will be charged.


Early Departure or No Show:   A full charge for the entire stay will be incurred.

Accepted Forms of Payment

American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover

Terms & Conditions

Seasonal Closure Dates for 2018-2019:

1st November 2018 to the 31st of March 2019 for the seasonal closure.

During the months of November and December, it has been decided to reserve the entire Property for buyouts only.



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Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2018:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for up to two in room guests
  • A complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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