Palazzo Margherita
5 Star Luxury - Palatial Elegance

Corso Umberto I, Bernalda, Province of Matera, Italy

IAT Special offers

  • Personalised welcome card on arrival from the General Manager
  • A special welcome drink with delicious canapés made from local seasonal produce
  • Early check-in and late check-out, based on availability

Overview & highlights

Palazzo Margherita is a true 19th century palazzo located in Bernalda – Southern Italy.  Now a boutique hotel owned by Francis Ford Coppola who has completely restored the palazzo along with acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange, creating a luxurious, authentically Italian experience that ushers guests into a private world of palatial comfort, surrounded by beautiful gardens, a courtyard, and a swimming pool, all just steps from a small, bustling town in which the visitor is a friend and neighbour rather than a tourist.

There is a sense of family that distinguishes Palazzo Margherita as one of the most charming small luxury hotels in Italy.


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 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. It is said that anyone who visits Bernalda cannot resist returning.

How to arrive

  • International flights into Rome or Naples
  • Bari Airport and Brindisi Airports are both located one hour and twenty minutes from the property
  • Private charters can fly into Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, forty-five minutes from the property
  • 9 seat jets can also fly into ‘E.Mattei’ Pisticci Airport (15 minutes from the property – complimentary transfer from/to the hotel)
  • Private car transfers can be arranged from anywhere in Italy upon request

Rooms & Suites

Garden Suite One – This suite embodies the simple elegance of Italian country house style – an airy, traditional room that opens directly onto the lush private garden and fountain. Situated on the ground floor, it features a stunning sitting area with a floor to ceiling window , the spacious bathroom includes a clawfoot bathtub and separate glass shower among its many details. Queen- sized bed. 550 square feet (51 square meters).

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 writing desk with chair. A clawfoot bathtub under a window highlights a beautifully appointed bathroom. Queen-sized bed. 320 square feet (30 square meters).

Garden Room Three – Just as the other rooms, this one embodies the simple elegance of Italian country house living. Grand barn-like doors opening onto the inner courtyard creates a distinctive and impressive setting. A luxurious bathroom consists of clawfoot bathtub and separate glass shower. Queen-sized bed. 370 square feet (34 square meters).

Suite Four (Sofia) – This suite is delicate, feminine with fresh colors of the hand-painted fresco radiating a poetic winter garden atmosphere. The room has a lavish bathroom includes a steam shower and clawfoot bathtub. French doors from the bathroom lead to a furnished private terrace that connects to a Juliette balcony, offering a magical view of the lush garden and courtyard below. King-sized bed. 670 square feet (62 square meters).

Suite Five – Classic Italian décor gives this suite a warm ambiance with a modern touch. An upstairs loft includes a single bed and seating area, perfect for a child or as a secluded reading 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. 620 square feet (57 square meters).

Suite Six – This warm and inviting suite embodies the comfort of home in its design with classic Italian décor from the early 20th century. Includes a Juliette balcony and a majestic ceiling with a hand-painted restored fresco, spacious bathroom with a clawfoot bathtub and separate shower adds to the charm of this suite. King-sized bed. 590 square feet (55 square meters).

Suite Seven (Roman) – This eclectic yet elegant suite has international flair with Art Deco furniture, lighting, an inspired bathroom, and a restored fresco.  Includes a furnished 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. 470 square feet (43 square meters).

Suite Eight (Gia) – This romantic suite was designed as a gift to Gia Coppola, Francis’s first granddaughter. Many years ago, when the Palazzo was still the private home of the Margherita family, owner Giuseppe asked local artisans to paint the ceiling of this suite with a romantic mythological scene (Cupid and Psyche) in order to bestow good fortune and a happy marriage for his beloved daughter.  It gives us great pleasure to continue this tradition for our newlywed guests and we believe that spending a honeymoon in the Gia Suite assures good luck for a long and happy marriage! 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 townsquare, 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).

Suite Nine (Francis) – Our most spacious suite integrates subtle elements of Tunisian design—a historical influence in Southern Italy. The motif is meant to honor his Tunisian-born grandmother, Maria Zasa. This picturesque suite has a furnished shared terrace overlooking the garden and courtyard. A luxurious bathroom includes a clawfoot bathtub and separate shower and a wood-burning fireplace. Walls and high ceilings feature beautifully painted frescoes. King- sized bed. 795 square feet (73 square meters).

Room Facilities

In-Room Amenities

On-property services and room amenities including:

  • Gratis in-room bar
  • State-of-the-art Loewe High Definition 3D television
  • Blu-ray/DVD player/Apple TV
  • Vast digital movie collection specialising in Italian Cinema
  • Daily free shuttle to our private beach, just 15 minutes away, including a welcome drink and fruit amenity
  • Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi
  • Bath products by Santa Maria Novella
  • Loewe iPod docking music station
  • Private yoga or Pilates teachers upon request*
  • In-room massage upon request*
  • Bicycles

*Additional charges apply

Dine & Drink

Eat-in Kitchen – 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.

Cinecittà 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 – An intimate private bar and dining room where guests can enjoy coffee or meals throughout the day, pre-dinner cocktails and appetisers in the evening.

Pool Bar – 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.

Garden Grigliata – In a cozy corner of our ancient Garden, we organise a typical Italian informal grigliata (barbecue): all guests share a “spaghettata” and a mix of grilled seasonal vegetables and meat.


Swimming Pool – A generously proportioned 10 metres by 5 metres and intended for family enjoyment, with bathrooms, showers, cabins 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.

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, fruit trees, beds of herbs, citrus trees, and organic vegetables, all of which supply the kitchen.

Beach – Within 15 minutes of the Palazzo, many miles of sandy beaches extend along the cobalt-blue shores of the Ionian Sea, where there is a special private area of a beach club close to the old pine forest. We can transport you to this secluded beach for the day (departure at 10:30 am in the morning and return at 4:00 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 our chefs) or a characteristic lunch with fresh fish of the day, caught by local fishermen. Upon your arrival, you will find a welcome drink and fresh fruit to begin a relaxing day at the beach

Salon – 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 also hosts occasional concerts and other live performances.

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