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 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.
Reminiscent of the films of the great Italian director Luchino Visconti, this opulent salon is a place for reading, playing cards, enjoying afternoon tea and drinks; upon request, 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. The Salon of our boutique hotel in Italy also hosts occasional concerts and other live performances.
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 ...
Hidden at the far end of the gardens, the hotel's 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.
One of the Palazzo's most magical features is its large private garden, fully ...
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.
The Family Bar is an intimate private bar and dining room where guests can enjoy coffee or meals throughout the day, and pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers in the evening.
The Pool Bar is located in the garden and offers a selection of wine, cocktails, and other beverages to enjoy while relaxing in the sun. Food from the main kitchen can also be ordered from here and delivered poolside.
In the Palazzo's large, welcoming kitchen, guests can experience firsthand the traditional cooking of Basilicata. For keen cooks, the hotel's local chefs give daily, hands-on classes demonstrating how to prepare typical regional dishes.
In a cozy corner of the hotel's ancient Garden, typical Italian informal grigliata (barbecue) can be organized: all guests share a “spaghettata” and a mix of grilled seasonal vegetables and meat.
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, setting it apart from other luxury hotels in Italy. Queen-size bed.
SIZE 51 sq. metres (550sq.ft.)
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.
SIZE 30 sq. metres (320 sq.ft.)
This room 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.
SIZE 34 sq. metres (370 sq.ft.)
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.
SIZE 62 sq. metres (670 sq.ft.)
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.
SIZE 57 sq. metres (57 sq.ft.)
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.
SIZE 55 sq. metres (590 sq.ft.)
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.
SIZE 43 sq. metres (470 sq.ft.)
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.
SIZE 70 sq. metres (780 sq.ft.)
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.
SIZE 73 sw. metres (795 sq.ft.)
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