A WELCOMING PALACE IN BERNALDA, SOUTHERN ITALY
PALATIAL COMFORT – A DREAM COME TRUE
Palazzo Margherita, built in 1892 in Bernalda by the Margherita family, is a true 19th century palazzo (a palace or palacial building). Bernalda was the birthplace and home of 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 boutique hotel, believing it was time to introduce visitors to this stunning and still undiscovered region of Italy.
The surrounding countryside, which was settled by the Greeks before the Roman era, is part of the Hellenic Magna Graecia – just few minutes from 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.
The Palazzo has been completely restored by Francis Ford 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. Palazzo Margherita is part of the intimate collection of Coppola Resorts.
“The Palazzo Margherita for me is a dream come true. Its magical gardens, the family gathering in the magnificent salon for whatever purpose… It is a painted palace, with frescos on its ceilings and walls, palatial rooms with countless details, modern in terms of its systems… yet the patina of its epoch is preserved…”
Francis Ford Coppola
- Learn the delicious cooking of Basilicata from the Palazzo’s own chefs, who teach intimate cooking classes in the hotel’s state-of-the-art kitchen. Elemental and deeply-flavored, the region’s cuisine flows from the ever-changing abundance of local produce, meat and fish, not to mention a wide array of artisanal cheeses, breads and home-made pasta specialties.
- Spend a day at a masseria (fortified farm), which will evoke memories of times past when all food was organic and homemade. Taste products directly from their source as you watch cheese made from fresh milk and focaccia prepared in a traditional wooden oven. This is a wonderful opportunity to share a typical day with local farmers, and concludes with an informal dinner with the masseria owners!
- Luxuriate in having a wardrobe created specifically to meet your needs and taste! Our esteemed tailor, Angelo Inglese, will come to the Palazzo and personalize a wardrobe for you from his collection (shirts, suits, ties, scarves, etc.)!
- Visit the ancient cellars of Aglianico del Vulture, known for its Aglianico grapes grown on volcanic soils deposited from the nearby Mount Vulture. Perhaps not as famous as some other Italian wines, Aglianico del Vulture is considered one of the best red wines of Italy – definitely something not to miss!
- Visit the monuments and museums of Basilicata: from Neolithic cave dwellings to ancient Greek ruins outside Metaponto to the superb contemporary sculpture museum in Matera, Basilicata is home to a diverse array of cultural and historical attractions for you to explore.
- Visit the small mountain villages and local towns that dot Basilicata’s sculpted hills, offering an experience of life untouched by tourism.
- Visit Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Sassi – the ancient cave dwellings – have been reclaimed as picturesque churches, homes, museums, and restaurants.
… and much more.