Palazzo Margherita

Bernalda, Italy
Neighborhood: Bernalda, Basilicata

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2018 & 2019:

  • 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.

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. 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. 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 opulent salon 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.

Hidden at the far end of the gardens, our swimming pool is generously proportioned and intended for family enjoyment, with bathrooms, showers, cabins for changing, and full bar and food service.

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.

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.

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.

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: November 1 to 31 March annually.



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Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2018 & 2019:

  • 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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Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2018

Stunning small hotel with great food, people and attention to detail.