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Hotel Palazzo Margherita, Italy

Luxury, authentic boutique hotel, Bernalda

The Palazzo Margherita is a dream come true. It is a painted palace, with magical gardens, frescos on its ceilings and walls, palatial rooms with countless details, music and cinema.

Authentic and untouched culture, wine and food

Palazzo Margherita, a luxury hotel in Italy, is situated in Bernalda, a small hilltop town in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. Located in the province of Matera, famous for its ancient cave dwellings, dramatic landscapes, and historic houses, Bernalda is relatively unknown outside of Italy. It is just ten minutes from the coast, where miles of white sand beaches border the Mediterranean. While the neighboring region of Puglia has become popular with tourists, Basilicata is largely undiscovered—one of a few remaining parts of Italy where the culture, food, and wine remain authentic and untouched by the world beyond.

The different types of rooms are Garden Suite One, Garden Room Two, Garden Room Three, Suite Four (Sofia), Suite Five, Suite Six, Suite Seven (Roman), Suite Eight (Gia), Suite Nine (Francis). The intimate resort has seven large suites and two garden rooms. Each is a unique work of art and features luxurious linens and elegant bathrooms. Many of the rooms feature a large terrace and/or a Juliet balcony; some face the charming interior garden, others look onto the leafy town square. All rooms were individually designed in order to capture the essence of being in a very special home.

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At a glance

  • 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 Italian boutique hotel, believing it was time to introduce visitors to this stunning and still undiscovered region.
  • Choose one of the nine rooms, including seven suites.
  • In the Palazzo's large, welcoming kitchen, guests can experience firsthand the traditional cooking of Basilicata.
  • For keen cooks, the local chefs give daily, hands-on classes demonstrating how to prepare typical regional dishes.
  • 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.
  • In a cozy corner of the ancient Garden, the hotel organize a typical Italian informal grigliata (barbecue): all guests share a “spaghettata” and a mix of grilled seasonal vegetables and meat.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy sunny days at the pool and order your wine, cocktail and other drinks at the Pool Bar. Food from the main kitchen can also be ordered from here and delivered poolside.
  • In the mood for indoor activities? Reminiscent of the famous Palazzo featured in the great Italian director Luchino Visconti’s movie The Leopard, the opulent salon is a place for reading, playing cards, enjoying afternoon tea and drinks during the day; it also 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 will also host occasional concerts and other live performances.
  • Discover the main attractions of Basilicata and neighboring Puglia. We can tailor tour packages according to your interests and preferences.
  • Rates include 10% VAT, in-room beverages, breakfast, Wi-Fi available in the entire property, bicycles, a cooking lesson and a complimentary return transfer (departure at 10:30 am and return at 4:00 pm) to/from our private sandy beach close to the old pine forest 15 minutes drive from the Palazzo.
  • Check in: 3 pm, Check out: 12 pm. Rates shown on our website, represents the minimum rate in low season of the Garden Room two. All prices on request and tailor made. City tax of € 5 per person, per night to be paid upon departure (not applied under 10 years old and over 70 years old).


Enjoy the local area

Palazzo Margherita is situated in Bernalda, a small hilltop town in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy located in the province of Matera, famous for its ancient cave dwellings, dramatic landscapes and historic houses. Bernalda is relatively unknown outside of Italy. It is just ten minutes from the coast, where miles of white sand beaches border the Ionian Sea, as this part of the Mediterranean is known.

Sports & Outdoors
Within 15 minutes of the Palazzo, there is a special private area of a beach club close to the old pine forest, which extends along the cobalt blue shores of the Ionian Sea, as this stretch of the Mediterranean is known. Free shuttle service (departure at 10:30 am in the morning and return at 4 pm to the Palazzo) where you can choose to book either an umbrella or a gazebo. In addition, we suggest either a picnic lunch (prepared by the chefs) or a characteristic lunch with fresh fish of the day, caught by local fishermen.

Monuments & Museums
Two eighteen-hole golf courses are less than a half-hour drive from the Palazzo. Tennis courts are also nearby. For hikers, the Pollino National Park, Italy’s largest, offers spectacular mountain trails and wildlife an hour’s drive from the Palazzo. Locally, we provide bicycles and itineraries for fitness and sightseeing tours.

Monuments & Museums
From neolithic cave dwellings to the 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. The concierge will suggest itineraries to match every interest (including anyone with a penchant for horror! The abandoned ghost town of Craco is a 40- minute drive away).

How to get here
Intercontinental guests may fly into Rome or Naples
Bari Airport is located one hour and twenty minutes from the property
Brindisi Airport is located one hour and twenty minutes from the property.
Private charters can fly into Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, forty-five minutes from the property.
Private transports are available upon request.


  • Optional Services
    • Activity planning
    • Airport transfers
    • Breakfast
    • Car Rental Service
    • Cooking class
    • Extra bed
    • House keeping
    • In room spa treatment
    • Laundry service
    • Massage services
    • Private excursions
    • Room service
    • Shuttle service
    • Wedding service
  • General
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bathtub
    • Breakfast included
    • Coffee maker
    • Concierge Service
    • Hairdryer
    • Heating
    • Housekeeping
    • Ipod dock
    • Laundry Room
    • Minibar
    • Safe
    • WIFI
  • Outside
    • Bar
    • BBQ
    • Dining Area
    • Garden
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Outdoor restaurant
    • Outdoor shower
    • Outdoor toilet
    • Parking
    • Sundeck
    • Swimming pool
    • Terrace
  • Linen & Supplies
    • Bathrobes
    • Bathroom amenities
    • Pool Towels
    • Towels
  • Remaining
    • Bicycle rental service
    • Celebration venue
  • Entertainment & Experiences
    • Bicycles
    • Cinema
    • Cooking class
    • Restaurants
    • Swimming pool
    • Water sports
    • Wine tasting
    • Yoga